Jan. 2020 — Jul. 2020
Abelow is known internationally for his painterly commentary on contemporary art and culture. His paintings defy a specific genre, incorporating elements of figuration, abstraction, text, and beyond.
Joshua Abelow (b. 1976) lives and works in upstate New York and NYC. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from The Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has exhibited widely in
the United States and internationally, and is also well known for his writing. In addition to his studio practice, Abelow also organizes exhibitions regularly under the name Freddy.
Dec. 2018 — Feb. 2019
Featuring the work of Berlin-based artist Kevin Kemter, this exhibition includes a series of large-scale paintings, connected to form life-size wall cubes. Also on view are two sculptural human-like forms fastened with a dozen drawings in flipbooks. These wooden, bodily shapes with are omnipresent within the space, somehow lurking, watching the viewer’s moves as they explore the installation.
The surfaces of the paintings and drawings reflect a litany of artistic impulses and reactions. Inspired by underground subsystems, urban exploration, and fantasy worlds, these works include forms that are both immediately recognizable but also obscured, buried or floating beneath one another within the picture plane.
Often the human body is a jumping point for integrating other common objects, which are then modified, abstracted, and layered to the point of chaotic dissonance and total disorientation. One is invited into a world of wonky and wild creatures with fantastical patterning, arranged within vividly colorful surroundings. Glittered with butterflies, heart-like shapes, teapots, these densely packed surfaces dance gracefully out of sync. One has the feeling of being included in an outer space science experiment, simultaneously lost between what is real and what is left to be discovered or unleashed.
Kevin Kemter (b. 1984, Berlin) has shown extensively in Germany, with over thirty solo and group shows. His exhibitions usually combine drawing and painting within larger contexts of installation. He is also well known as a co-founder of AKV Berlin, a publishing group, and has self-published twenty of his own books and catalogues. This is his first exhibition in Belgium.
Sep. 2018 — Nov. 2018
Guilbert’s works in Rhum Arrangé reference his Creole roots and upbringing in Reunion Island, off the southern coast of Africa. The volcano motif repeated in these works is sculpted by use of a unique process involving heated wax and oil paints. While modest in scale, the rigorously crafted surfaces imbue a certain sense of sensuality and labored intensity. The works are neither exactingly precise nor slovenly loose in their making; they propose a warm balance between the two. In person, they invite particularly close inspection.
Akin to viewing a box of jewels, the luminous and densely multi-layered surfaces encourage enjoyment from multiple points of observation, changing greatly depending on position of the viewer. The subtle details and color shifts only expand in richness and fullness when the nuanced compositions are studied more at length and at alternate depths.
Brice Guilbert (b. 1979, France) has shown in multiple exhibitions throughout Europe. Guilbert has mounted solo shows in Brussels, Berlin, and Grenoble and has shown in group shows in New York, Bucharest, Ghent, and beyond. In addition to his painting practice, Guilbert co-founded Island in Brussels, and has published two books. His Creole songs and performances are highly regarded for their poetic and harmonious nature.
NADA New York booth (2016) featuring a variety of unique works by MC artists as well as an interactive display of scarves.
Massif Central Launch Party
Our first launch party and exhibition in the Lower East Side in New York (2014) featuring our initial collection of scarves, displayed within custom frames.