Gavlak Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of New York based painter Andrew Brischler, "Goodbye to All That," as well as his first solo show with the gallery. The title, taken from the transitional personal essay in Joan Didion's book Slouching Toward Bethlehem is an apt reference for this young painter's current status as a recent graduate of The School of Visual Art's MFA program. Like Didion, Brischler's current work is exploring the existential and at times youthful foolishness of living in New York City with reckless abandon.
Brischler's awareness of his own place not only within the history of painting but also within gay politics and gender theory within contemporary art from Felix Gonzales-Torres to Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol, may not be at first readily apparent in the work. However the use of the clichéd rainbow symbol of the LGBT, makes an appearance in various shapes and forms that could also just as easily represent a study in color theory as much the history of Stonewall.
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(Image: Andrew Brischler, Installation view , Solo exhibition, "Goodbye to All That" ; Courtesy of artist and Gavlak Gallery)
More about Andrew Brischler (b. 1987, Long Island, NY)
Andrew Brischler's work examines the youthful foolishness of his generation's view of painterly abstraction. His intentionally ill-conceived canvases explore a sense of futile beauty through a mix of hard-edged geometry, sublime color gradients, and the petulant scrawls of a teenage boy in a notebook's margins. Elements of popular culture and pop music, the histories of minimalism, abstract expressionism, and arte povera are sampled and mashed up into paintings that challenge this art history as much as embrace it. Brischler's work has appeared in group shows throughout New York City, including the much publicized "Virgins Show" curated by Marilyn Minter at Family Business Gallery, and he was also featured in New American Paintings #98: Northeast Edition.
(text source: Artist's website)
Education: MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2012. BFA Painting and Drawing, Magna Cum Laude; SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, 2009.
(Image on top: Andrew Brischler, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, 2011, Gouache and graphite on linen, 12 x 9 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Gavlak)