18 Wooster Street
Jules de Balincourt’s artwork responds to the changing cultural landscape. How does technology bring us together, and how does it alienate and isolate us? The artist conjured a near future where the tools we had created to look at the world have become unwieldy, out of touch, or beyond our control.
In de Balincourt’s world, there is a very fine line between a promised utopia and an impending disaster. Many of his abstract paintings featured interconnective or explosive skeins of color. Their arrangement was fiber- optic while their chunky, taped-off execution made them feel tactile, like crepe paper streamers at a festival. Small rectangles of color pervaded many of the works, here looking like pixels, there looking like confetti, and in some places used to block out a chunk of text like a censored government document. De Balincourt’s technique of thickly applied paint ripped apart by areas of tape kept the frank and handmade element ever present even as he tackled intangible and intuitive subjects.
Text accompanied imagery, often featured in compositions as blocky, colorful lettering. Works such as Virtual World Embrace relied on text as a bold compositional frame, aligning de Balincourt with Boetti and Arte Povera. If textual, abstract, and figurative styles seemed at odds with each other, in de Balincourt’s world, they needn’t be.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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