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Sean Kelly presents Alejandro Campins | James White

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12 Feb 2016 to 12 Mar 2016
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Sat 10am until 6pm
Sean Kelly
475 Tenth Ave
New York, NY
NY 10018
New York
North America
T: +1 212.239.1181
F: +1 212.239.2467

Alejandro Campins, Suspense, 2015 - 2016
oil on canvas, 101 x 153 1/2 inches
© Alejandro Campins, Courtesy: Sean Kelly, NY

Artists in this exhibition: Alejandro Campins, James White

Alejandro Campins: Lapse
February 12 - March 12, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 11, 6 - 8 pm
Sean Kelly is delighted to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Havana-based artist Alejandro Campins. An opening reception will take place tonight, Thursday, February 11, from 6 - 8 pm, the artist will be present.

This will be Campins’ first solo exhibition in the United States and the first time he is presenting works focused exclusively on the Cuban landscape. His practice is informed by a singular, painterly vision. Ambitiously drawing on history, architecture and the collective memory of his home country, Campins mixes media — oil, watercolor, pencil — to create hauntingly evocative, atmospheric paintings inhabiting a metaphysical space between reality and fiction. His enigmatic canvases allude to the anachronistic poetry and surrealist beauty of Cuba’s changing cultural landscape.


February 12 - March 12, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 11, from 6 - 8 pm
Sean Kelly is delighted to present a major solo exhibition of new paintings by London-based artist, James White. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 11, from 6 - 8 pm, the artist will be present.

Known for producing finely wrought, luminous black and white oil paintings, White’s masterfully rendered moments of everyday life bear comparison to the quietude of paintings by the Flemish masters and Lucian Freud’s early interiors, whilst the distilled forms that inhabit them reflect a more contemporary, ritualized, minimalist sensibility. Painted on aluminum, wood, or plastic, his practice has its origin in photographs taken of his immediate environment, both domestically and whilst traveling — a door that is slightly ajar, a glass of water left on a bathroom sink, a broom leaning against a wall. The seemingly ordinary objects in the paintings imply a narrative arc that, similar to a cutaway shot in film, create a psychologically Hitchcockian sense of suspense and pause for thought on the nature of the actions that could be occurring just outside the frame.

The paintings White presents in this exhibition reimagine the still life as a chance freeze-frame instead of a carefully arranged composition of selected elements. Playing with scale, this new body of work employs the ubiquitous widescreen format of modern television and computer screens to amplify the intensity of a moving image that has been arrested. The exhibition also presents paintings in which, for the first time, White has begun to choreograph the narrative by pairing two seemingly separate scenes onto the same surface, creating a self-contained dialogue filled with ambiguous tension. In many of the works, White has intentionally left strips of surface area completely blank, emphasizing the arbitrary cutting, cropping, and breaking of images — a regular feature in contemporary visual language, and one to which we have become increasingly inured.

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Sean Kelly Gallery
475 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
(212) 239-1181

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