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Arts+Leisure: SAMUEL JABLON - Life is Fine - 9 Apr 2016 to 15 May 2016

Current Exhibition

9 Apr 2016 to 15 May 2016

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Samuel Jablon, Life / 2015
acrylic, fused glass, mirror and glass tile
84 x 68 in.

Artists in this exhibition: Samuel Jablon

Samuel Jablon Life is Fine

April 9th-May 15th, 2016 @ Freight+Volume // Arts+Leisure

Opening Reception Saturday, April 9th from 6-9 PM @ Freight+Volume
Opening Reception Sunday, April 10th from 6-9 PM @ Arts+Leisure

Freight+Volume and Arts+Leisure are pleased to present Life is Fine, a two-gallery exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Brooklyn-based artist Samuel Jablon. This marks Jablon’s second solo exhibition at Freight+Volume and his first at Arts+Leisure.

Jablon is at once a poet, painter and performance artist; a hybrid. His paintings are vibrant renderings of words abstracted, a kind of visual manifestation of poetry. He appropriates found language -- overheard words and familiar phrases, lines of poetry and offhand comments -- and transmutes them into compositions. Language disintegrates into letters, which dissolve into line, shape and color.

While, at first glance, the paintings’ textual content often appears legible, this effect reveals itself to be a deception. The paintings demand close consideration and a highly specific mode of looking, one that is neither quite reading nor seeing. As Jablon works, meanings and content metamorphose, other words appear, and differing combinations of layered paint, broken structures, mirrors and pieces of glass confound the possibility of a clean read. Language, in this body of work, appears in a new, deeply transformed light—one that shifts with the viewer’s experience and perception of the words.

The title, Life is Fine, is borrowed from a poem by Langston Hughes. Like the poem, the paintings navigate a messy, ambiguous line that separates the positive and negative experiences of life. Jablon includes the phrase "what a beautiful time" in a number of paintings, and its repetition becomes a type of mantra, as if one must convince oneself that life is indeed fine.

A limited edition artist's book will accompany the exhibition with texts by Nick Lawrence, Sam Lipsyte, and Todd von Ammon; a poem by Yuko Otomo; and an interview between the artist and Mike Cloud.

Samuel Jablon (b. 1986, Binghamton, NY) has been featured in such publications as Interview Magazine; The Wall Street Journal; BOMB Magazine; Art in America; ARTnews; Hyperallergic; The Brooklyn Rail; ELLE Mexico among others. His projects, readings, performances and exhibitions have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Socrates Sculpture Park; The Queens Museum; Storefront for Art and Architecture; Smack Mellon; The DUMBO Arts Festival; The 8th Floor (Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation); Art In Odd Places; and Idea City at The New Museum. He received an MFA from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY, and a BA from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado.

Please join us at the opening receptions for the artist on Saturday, April 9 from 6-9 PM at F+V and Sunday, April 10 from 6-9 PM at A+L. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to order the artist's book, please contact Nick Lawrence at


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