Double Nickels on the Dime
Michael Benevento (7556 Sunset Blvd.) is pleased to present "Double Nickels on the Dime,"a solo exhibition of New York based artist Polly Apfelbaum featuring a new series of “feelies” and floorworks. The exhibition will run from September 23rd to October 29th, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 pm on September 23rd. This exhibition will run concurrently with the solo exhibition of David Scanavino at 7578 Sunset Blvd.
Deriving its title from the double album by the California punk band the Minutemen, “Double Nickels on the Dime,” expands the reference the Minutemen originally used to lampoon Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55.” While Hagar’s version rejected the then recently adopted speed limit, Minutemen, and more recently Apfelbaum, suggest following some rules so you don’t have to adhere to others.
A spirit of experimentation and alternative methods of working inform Apfelbaum’s “feelies,” a group of highly colorful and unfired polymer clay pieces that invoke work of the same name by potter Rose Cabat, the palette of Color Field painter Paul Feeley and the cult ‘80s band The Feelies. While championing compositional impulse, Apfelbaum’s “feelies” evidence a strong focus on process and an awareness of histories of abstraction.
Apfelbaum’s cloth “ombre" floorworks are also present. Created using readymade synthetic spandex derived from the fashion industry, Apfelbaum’s ombres are composed of two unequal sized fabrics of two different colors that meet and bleed into each other with a soft, blended transition known in screen-printing as a “rainbow-roll.” Similar to the “feelies,” Apfelbaum’s visually and formally complex ombres reference modern painting traditions through a series of deceptively simple production techniques.
Polly Apfelbaum lives and works in New York. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Atelier Amden (Switzerland), D’Amelio Terras (NYC), Carlow Visual Center for Contemporary Art (Ireland) and Milton Keynes Gallery (England) and has had recent group exhibitions at Kunsthallen Brandts Odense, (Denmark), The Kitchen (NYC), Helmhaus Zurich (Switzerland) and Palacio De Sastago, Zaragoza (Spain). Selected public collections include: The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.