Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Opening reception tonight, Thursday September 12, 6-8 pm
Andrew Edlin Gallery
134 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Andrew Edlin Gallery is pleased to present How to Disappear Completely, a solo exhibition of collages and drawings by Brian Adam Douglas. The show, which runs from September 12 – October 26, 2013, is the artist’s first with the gallery, and Douglas’ first solo in New York.
Brian Adam Douglas, who first came to public attention for his work on the streets of New York City under the moniker Elbow Toe, has contributed significantly to making collage relevant to the fine art discourse in recent years. Virtually all of the works in Douglas’ new series deal with the rebuilding of life and purpose in the wake of catastrophic deconstruction brought on by natural disasters and climate change(including overt references to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy). They are not merely about the breaking down of things but about an innate capacity to cope with disaster and the rehabilitation of purpose. Spending up to half a year on a single piece, Douglas’ laborious process demands a pictorial integrity where nothing is wasted and everything serves his intensity of purpose. Forgoing the relative ease and fluidity of the brush stroke, the artist methodically builds his compositions through shards of color incised from sheets of paper he has painted, forging a novel way to combine painting and collage into a singular hybrid.
What is different about the works in How to Disappear Completely is that the human figures Douglas depicts, which have previously dominated his works, have receded in scale and are now subsumed by his landscapes that take foreground precedence. As a result the viewer falls further and further back from the pictorial event itself. It’s a distance that seems as psychological as it is physical, as if the artist has found a way to step back from the world as a way of stepping into it.
Brian Adam Douglas was born in Dallas in 1972, and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1994. Previous solo exhibitions include Black Rat Projects (2011), London, and the Warrington Museum (2010), Warrington, UK.
Monday, December 20th, 2010
Friday, November 5th, 2010
Remnants of Elbow Toe’s portrait of me remain on Mercer Street in Soho.
Thursday, May 20th, 2010
The Boxer. My guess is this is a neighborhood street art hater, not an art schooler, like the Splasher of yore. But active street art hating is definitely a trend. Before
But this one came out kinda pretty.
Update, May 21: Another Beau, defaced in a similar manner, this one on the Lower East Side. Maybe it’s not an angry neighbor.
Monday, May 10th, 2010
EV Grieve tells the Crazy Landlord story better than I can.
Update: May 10, 2010
“Exquisite auburn awning” Elbowtoe’s design suggestion for the Crazy Landlord Building?
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Still lurking in a Soho Doorway.
Elbow Toe’s portrait of me, pasted March 2008.
Thursday, October 15th, 2009
Just a reminder ELBOW-TOE is participating in A.G.A.S.T
(Annual Gowanus Artist Studio Tour).
The dates of the studio tour are Saturday and Sunday October 17 – 18 from 1 – 6 pm.
At this event, you will have the unique opportunity to get
small (Recession Sized) versions of ELBOW-TOE pieces at
extremely friendly (Recession Priced) prices. He will be
selling 10 different prints from his latest street work as well
as some oldies but goodies. They will be limited to editions of 30.
He will be setting up an ETSY store to make the ease of purchasing
more convenient for you. Once that is established we will be
integrating a shop section to the site, so check back often.
For more information on on A.G.A.S.T, please visit
GowanusArtists.com where you can download a pdf map
for the entire 2 day event.
Sunday, August 9th, 2009
Or at least since March ’08.
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Participating artists include: Adam Wallacavage, ?AJ Fosik?, Alex Hornest (aka: Onesto), ?Ana Bagayan, ?Andrew Foster, ?Anthony Lister, Cleon Peterson?, Dan Witz, ?Dave Cooper, ?David Ellis?, Elbow-toe?, Erik Mark Sandberg, EZO, Glenn Barr, ?Jack Long, ?Korin Faught, ?Logan Hicks, ?Martin Wittfooth, ?Matt Haber, ?Meredith Dittmar, ?Natalia Fabia?, Nicola Verlato, Ray Caesar?, Rich Jacobs, ?Richard Colman?, Rick Froberg?, Ron English, Scott Radke, Seonna Hong, Skinner?, Turf One?, and Xiaoqing Ding.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For more information, please call 212-243-3822, visit www.jonathanlevinegallery.com, or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a piece by Elbow Toe that will be in the show:
Update August 5: This Dan Witz piece was a definite favorite. Each face was done with the care of a portrait.
And it gathered an appropriate amount of awe from the crowd.
A detail. Oil and mixed media on canvas.