Summer Project 2016

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Ice Cream Man, 2016 Cotton Thread On Cardboard 26" X 23.5" © Courtesy of the Artist and Nancy Margolis Gallery
Summer Project 2016

523 W. 25th St.
10001 New York
July 25th, 2016 - August 19th, 2016

Tue-Sat 10-6
painting, figurative, sculpture


Nancy Margolis gallery is delighted to announce that the three-person exhibition, SUMMER PROJECT 2016, will open to the public on Monday, July 25, 2016 and will be on view through August 19th, 2016. The opening reception will take place Thursday, July 28th, 6pm to 8pm.

This group exhibition includes the most recent work of three young talented artists: Mark DeLong, Filip Lav and Sean McDonough. Although the three artists each have individual inspirations and interests that fuel their creative activities, there is an undeniable unity they share that is expressive, intuitive and enchanting. Sean McDonough, who had a successful first solo exhibition with the gallery earlier this year, has an exciting new body of work to exhibit along with new “Introvert” paintings. Mark DeLong, a self-taught Canadian artist, and Filip Lav, a recent Columbia MFA graduate, are exhibiting with the gallery for the first time.

Mark DeLong, working with a vibrant palette of evocative graphic shapes, explores the difficult relationship between abstraction and representation. DeLong’s paintings are impulsive and graffiti-like while soft and friendly at the same time. Along with these characteristics are a rowdy abandonment, fearless line, and dazzling brilliant color reflecting a fascinating mix of expression. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada; Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada; ACME, Los Angeles, CA; Spencer-Brownstone Gallery, NY; Ed.Varie, NY; Little cakes, NY; Halsey McKay, East Hampton; as well as several venues in France, Germany, and Italy. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

Filip Lav creates amusing, kinetic-looking, figurative sculptures colorfully painted on plywood and Styrofoam. Lav, who began his art career as a painter found himself gradually drawn away from painting on canvas to sculpture. Lav developed a repertoire of strange and wonderful wood figures jigsawed from sheets of plywood. His two to seven foot large sculptures are extravagant hybrids, jester-like and pompously extroverted.

Yet, hidden within lurks a complexity and darkness where stories of protest, perversion, and violence are embedded and take root. Flip Lav was born in Vienna, Austria with family roots in Macedonia. He received a BFA from Oxford University. He currently lives and works in New York and Vienna.

Sean McDonough, in his first solo exhibition with the Nancy Margolis Gallery, made two types of paintings, “introvert” and “extrovert”, suggesting his intimate relationship to these paintings as he works them. For this group show, he exhibits several new introvert paintings along with a brand new series called  “Hemispheres”. In this stunning series, McDonough paints rhythmic geometric patterns with luscious hues onto strips of cut paper stapled together onto canvas, morphing into offbeat, original, gorgeous paintings.

Sean McDonough is based in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BS at New York University in 2007 and a MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Recent shows include Loft 594 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Gross McCleaf Gallery, PA; MIMA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and American Standard Popup Gallery,  Miami, FL. McDonough’s work has been featured in the New American Paintings (Issue 116), and Asian Cultural Center publication. In July 2015 the gallery featured his work in the group exhibition, “Summer Exhibit”, and in January 2016 for his first solo exhibition. 

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