NEW YORK, NY.- Blumenthal Gallery
is presenting "Laura Hunt, Miles Huston, Sven Sachsalber," a group exhibition opening on view at 75 Bowery. This marks the first exhibition at Blumenthal's Lower East Side space.
Laura Hunt's paintings look the way thinking feels. Like thoughts forming and cascading, fragments of spoken phrases combine with TVs, light switches, cherries, staccato lines and shapeshifting figures on reflective red spandex. Through mark-making reminiscent of the cadence of a voice, Hunt juxtaposes the absurd and mundane, the satiating and stripped-down, the familiar and uncomfortable. Her paintings transmute into imagery the anxieties and pleasures of being.
Miles Huston's Verse Drawings are energetic in their making and in their appearance. Huston implements a designed system of lines and color to create an irregular repeating tiled pattern of biomorphic forms. The result is a work of quiet yet palpable intensity, a pleasing composition without a single focal point that draws the eye to follow it's many meandering pathways to soothing effect. Huston explores the biophilic design hypothesis, the idea that humans innately seek out patterned connections with nature and that natural motifs can have beneficial effects on the human psyche and in turn, on human health.
Deeply rooted in performance, Sven Sachsalber's paintings are a meditation on mental and physical endurance: a meticulously executed monochrome, the color of a Buddhist monastic robe; a hasty Blinky Palermo approximation, turned 90 degrees five times; a deflated Bogner racing suit, hanging in space. Sachsalber's presence looms in each work. One can envision him painstakingly filling each square centimeter of the monochrome with a meditative focus or flipping his irreverently rendered minimalist composition over and over again in a comic affront to minimalism. So too can one feel his physical absence in his limp rendition of a symbol of athletic prowess.
Laura Hunt (b. 1985, Amsterdam, Netherlands) lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds a BA from Tulane University in Art History and Philosophy. Her work has recently been exhibited at Shimizu Brand, New York; Team Gallery, New York; Essex Flowers, New York; Dotory, New York; What Pipeline, Detroit; US Blues, New York; Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles; Eli Ping Gallery, New York; The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York; and Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has performed at White Columns, New York; Small Editions, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York, as part of Tony Oursler's Imponderable; and at Shoot the Lobster, New York.
Miles Huston (b. 1981, Cambridge, MA) lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey. He received his MFA fom Yale University in 2010. Huston has exhibited in group shows in Boston, Los Angeles and New York City, most recently with Room East in New York. In Brooklyn, he co-founded the exhibition space KNOWMOREGAMES, which was open from 2011 until 2015. The artist has also designed a website that aggregates current, localized data including weather, tides, time, etc. The website (currentcondition.org) will remain publicly accessible ongoing. He is also a member of the Gryorgy Kepes Panel Committee in Wellesly.
Sven Sachsalber (b.1987, Silandrol, Italy) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art from 2010 to 2012 under Richard Wentworth and was a resident artist at ISCP in 2014. Recent one-person exhibitions include Shoot the Lobster/NADA, New York; Helper, Brooklyn; White Columns, New York; Museion, Bolzano, Italy; and at Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam. He has recently exhibited at Martos Gallery/Independent HQ, New York; Karma, Amagansett, New York; Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli; Performa 15, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Limoncello Gallery, London.