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Wayne White, I’m Having a Dialogue With The Universe, And You’re Just Sitting There at Joshua Liner Gallery

F.U. MONEY By Wayne White (All Photos and Video By Gail)

Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting its second major solo exhibition of work from Los Angeles based artist Wayne White, entitled I’m Having a Dialogue With The Universe, And You’re Just Sitting There. This exhibition is White’s most ambitious project to date with the Gallery, featuring all aspects of the artist’s multidisciplinary practice: including kinetic sculptures, murals, work on paper, a wallpaper installation, and White’s signature Word Paintings on vintage offset lithographs.


From puppeteer, to painter, illustrator, sculptor, wordsmith —and even typographic artist —the enormous breadth of White’s creative output is part of a career spanning over 35 years. For this body of work, the artist deconstructs themes surrounding vanity, hubris, and the inflated egos of artists, as he explains, “I’m drawn to the humor of vanity. The title of the show is an artist’s private, nasty thoughts about how he or she is superior to the public and is so worthy of praise and attention. It’s my way of popping bubbles and kicking pedestals.”


Humor in particular is among the strongest touchstones of White’s work, explored throughout the entirety of his practice, and most discernibly in his word painting series — painted, often with profane epithets, on vintage offset lithographs of kitschy landscapes. Cleverly wry phrases such as “THOSE GUYS ARE PUSSIES,” and “HAD IT GOIN ON BUT LOST IT THEN GOT IT BACK THEN FUCKED UP AND LOST IT,” interrupt the scenery, often integrated within the formal compositions of the offset prints.


White pays special attention to the structure of each letterform in the word paintings, creating dynamic optical interactions.   This arrangement of forms requires careful reading, as letters transform from clearly legible words into objects with vanishing points and buoyancy. In contrast to recent word paintings from White, these new works revisit an earlier style from the artist that evokes strong influences of Surrealism. Meanwhile, F.U. MONEY elicits Dadaist influences with its mixing of letterforms and unorthodox punctuation, superimposed on a Parisian scene at dusk. Adding to the Surrealist undertones, and echoing the walls of Peggy Guggenheim’s art collection, the installation of the works will extend from the gallery walls, held upright by oversized plywood hands.

Covered Wagon

Other works engage with the artist’s nostalgia for his youth, and Southern heritage. In Covered Wagon, White paints a pre-industrial American carriage, spiraling into the center of a found lithograph, while a series of works on paper explore various commercial signage from mid-century America.


White’s most recent collaborative work — a wallpaper installation with Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper — is also installed in the Gallery. Entitled Waynetopia, the wallpaper design is adapted from a mural in the artist’s dining room at his home in Los Angeles. Inspired by 19th century French scenic wallpaper, the design features a fantastical landscape with tropical foliage, mountains, majestic skies, and White’s trademark painted words.

Youre Just Agreeing With Me
You’re Just Agreeing With Me So I’ll Shut Up

Here’s a video of one of White’s Kitchen Word Sculptures.




Wayne White’s  I’m Having a Dialogue With The Universe, And You’re Just Sitting There will be on Exhibit Through October 8th, 2016 at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at West 28th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.


Wayne White Installation View

Kris Kuksi, Amalgamation at Joshua Liner Gallery

Ambiguous Exodus
Ambiguous Exodus (All Photos By Gail)

Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting Amalgamation, an exhibition of new work from Kansas-based artist Kris Kuksi. This is Kuksi’s fifth solo show with Liner and it includes seven works in the artist’s signature medium of mixed media assemblage.


When observing the delicate wall assemblages Kris Kuksi constructs, intricacy seems almost an understatement. Excessively detailed, each work plays out an epic drama meticulously assembled piece by piece. Largely influenced by the ornamental details of the late Baroque and Rococo movements, these embellished pieces possess a darkness. Chaos, downfall, and anguish are poignant struggles amongst Kuksi’s miniature models, their plight serving as commentary on humanity’s social, political and spiritual obstacles. The title of the exhibition — Amalgamation — sheds light on Kuksi’s elaborate process of collection, and also bears reference to the multiple chaotic narratives taking place in each ornate piece.

A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms

Many of the central figures in Kuksi’s assemblages resemble deities, transcending the disorder and turmoil that surround them. Rage and conflict between the smaller, less dominant figures is literally below them. In Farewell to Arms, a mythical warrior rises above a mass of smaller figures clambering beneath, struggling to keep hold of their heavy artillery.

A Farewell to Arms Detail
A Farewell to Arms, Detail

Perhaps this profound difference in size between the godlike central figure and smaller mortal figures metaphorically reveals the sheer distance humanity is from total serenity. Kuksi elaborates, “Human beings are limited by their greed and carelessness yet they know it. Humans know how to be better and solve problems that are pressing the advancement of our species but we don’t always do the right thing. We are consumed by our darkness and yet we don’t realize we don’t have to be. I think if we can embrace our dark impulses, we can overcome them.”


Sedation Detail
Sedation Detail

The process of assembling these intricate works is complex and time consuming, and sourcing the right piece to fit can take months. Balance and placement are of equal importance in the construction of the assemblages, thus resulting in the majority of the works having a symmetrical appearance. Kuksi explains, “It is balance of chaos vs. symmetry which can take lots of time just thinking out the arrangement for balance and control, rushing the process will leave too much chaos.” Aside from the painstaking arrangement of each assemblage, the artist pays special attention to every individual piece, hand painting them with careful patience. In many cases, the final result is unknown and it is the process of assemblage that builds the narrative and speaks to the artist.

Psychoactive Animalia
Psychoactive Animalia

Over the many hours spent constructing a piece, Kuksi develops a fondness for each work as he explains, “I will love a new piece I’m building and I will sink in sadness to have to come to an end just to finish it.” However, the necessity to move on and begin another work is vital to the artist’s ambition as he explains, “My hope is that my art is a tool for recognition, at least in the short term. Tomorrow is always a new struggle and a new fight for survival.”

Ambiguous Exodus Detail
Ambiguous Exodus, Detail

Imperial Rights Fighter
Imperial Rights Fighter, Bronze on Wood Base

Star Wars fans may also get kick out of this fun, hybrid sculpture.

Imperial Rights Fighter

Kuksi’s Imperial Rights Fighter is also available in a hand-painted, 3D printed multiple in a limited edition of fifty pieces. Contact the gallery for pricing and availability.

Kris Kuksi’s Amalgamation will be on Exhibit through November 14th, 2015 at Joshua Liner Gallery540 West 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Kris Kuksi Amalgamation Signage

Kuksi Installation View

That’s My Trip Group Show at Joshua Liner Gallery

American Flag with Gold Paint
All Photos By Gail

Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting a fun group show entitled That’s My Trip, curated by gallery artist Andrew Schoultz. The exhibition features sculpture, installation, painting, and works on paper from Schoultz as well as Claire Colette, Cody Hudson, Francesco Igory Deiana, Hilary Pecis, Libby Black, Louis Schmidt, Matt Gonzalez, Michel Tabori, Patrick Martinez, Ryan Travis Christian, Terry Powers and Timothy Bergstrom.

Patrick Martinez - Bougainvillea Stash Spot
Patrick Martinez, Bougainvillea Stash Spot

According to the exhibit’s Press release, “A series of studio visits in various cities including Berkeley, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco led to Schoultz’s inspiration for That’s My Trip. He explains, “After an artist tells you about themselves and their work, it would end almost every time with the artist saying ‘so that’s my trip.’ I found this an interesting phrase to explain yourself to someone.”

Timothy Bergstrom - Boogie Man( Left), Bad Trip (Right
Timothy Bergstrom, Boogie Man (Left), Bad Trip (Right)

For the curator, the selected artists in That’s My Trip display a plethora of mediums and approaches, but remain connected by the common interest of their surroundings, and lack of separation between their lives and their work. Schoultz adds, “Their art is a portrait of themselves in some way or another.”

Libby Black, Lesbian Art In America
Libby Black, Lesbian Art In America

I am not typically moved by Realist Still Lifes, but I love the above painting by Libby Black, who has several diverse pieces in the show.

Patrick Martinez - You Are Trippin
Patrick Martinez, You Are Trippin’

I also like Patrick Martinez’s use of Pink Neon as a framing devise in his pieces seen in this post.

Ryan Travis Christian - Bringing Home The Mother Load
Ryan Travis Christian, Bringing Home The Mother Load

In case you cannot tell, those are little condoms sitting on the banana.

Matt Gonzalez
Matt Gonzalez, Named On Knees. Found Paper Collage.

Francesco Igory
Francesco Igory Deiana, Untitled. Ballpoint pen on card stock and giclee print.

Libby Black, Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip
Libby Black, Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip

One of the most eye-catching pieces in the show is Libby Black’s tableau representing a care-free day at the beach, Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip (2015). The items in Black’s installation are of personal significance to the artist, connecting her past with the present as the allude to the artist’s annual trips to Florida from an early age. The Publix sun tan lotion, yellow Walkman and the Whitney Houston cassette tape are tangible representations of past memories and treasured possessions. Black’s present is represented by a pair of flip-flops, and a stack of books read and cherished by her. Echoing Schoultz’s perception of the exhibited work as “portraiture,” Black explains, “It’s like a landscape of the real and made up, and also a portrait without the figure.”

That’s My Trip, Curated by Andrew Schoultz, will be on Exhibit through May 2nd, 2015, at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at 540 West 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Wayne White’s Invisible Ruler at Joshua Liner Gallery

All Photos By Gail (Click On Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

The fall gallery season kicked off in a huge way on the evening of September 11th, with dozens of opening receptions competing for attention and the streets of the Chelsea Gallery District packed like Sixth Avenue during the annual Village Halloween Parade as art lovers scrambled to make it to as many shows as possible. It was a blast! Our first stop of the evening was one of our favorite spots, Joshua Liner Gallery, for Invisible Ruler, featuring new works by Wayne White, an exhibit which did not disappoint!

Wayne White has had an extensive career as an artist and art director. A three-time Emmy Award winner for his production design on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, White is also noted for his music videos for Peter Gabriel and The Smashing Pumpkins. And, as you will see by the works in this fun exhibit, he is an accomplished Sculptor, Puppeteer, Painter and Illustrator.

Wayne White Word Art Display Wall

For Invisible Ruler, Liner’s large front gallery is dominated by an exhibit of White’s signature Word Paintings. For this series, White paints bold slogans, phrases or single words over mundane, bucolic landscapes and vintage offset lithographs to create a startling and thought provoking contrast of images.

I Started a Joke
Favorite Bee Gees’ Song

Blo Jo

I believe with this one, your mind might fill in a couple of seemingly “missing” letters. These Word Paintings are lots of fun.

Wayne White Cubist Watercolors

There is also a selection of the artist’s Cubist-style watercolor drawings, which he created during his residency at the Rauschenberg FoundationJoshua Liner did nice job of painting the gallery wall to match the style of these works.

Wayne White Cowboy

Wayne White Blue Watercolors

These two, above are especially beautiful

Wayne White Giant Puppets

The Oh Wow moment arrives when you unexpectedly come upon this pair of 15-foot, hand cut kinetic sculptures (tucked away in the rear gallery space) that White has named The Louvin Brothers — giant cardboard puppets based on American country music duo Ira and Charlie Louvin. This installation was the most impressive piece of art I saw in the entire two-hour course of the evening’s art crawl, and it definitely elevates Invisible Ruler to the status of a Must-See show.

It was nice to meet Wayne White in person at the gallery that evening; he is super cool. Thanks for the great art, Wayne!

Wayne White’s Invisible Ruler will be on Exhibit through October 11th, 2104, at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at 540 West 28th Street, NYC. Gallery Hours are Tuesday — Saturday, 11:00 AM — 6:00 PM.

Joshua Liner Gallery Presents Ampersand By Thomas Campbell

Attempting to Be Here By Thomas Campbell
Attempting to Be Here By Thomas Campbell (All Photos By Gail)

Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit of new works by Thomas Campbell entitled Ampersand, which is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Ampersand keeps it interesting with a mix of paintings, sculptures, original bronzes and hand-sewn works, all unified by Campbell’s distinct aesthetic.

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Kris Kuksi’s Revival at Joshua Liner Gallery

Kris Kuksi Sculpture
All Photos By Gail

Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting the must-see exhibit, Revival, featuring mixed-media assemblage sculptures by Kansas-based artist Kris Kuksi. This is Kuksi’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery with works ranging medium-in-size to some over five feet-tall and five feet-wide. The works were definitely on a much smaller scale than those included in a previous exhibit of his work, Triumph, which we saw in March of 2012. Continuing in Kuksi’s highly recognizable assemblage style, each sculpture contains worlds within worlds within worlds, every inch of the piece telling layered stories rich with occult meaning.

Kuksi Detail
Detail from the Sculpture, Above

Film Director Guillermo del Toro has referred to Kuksi as “a postindustrial Rococo master,” a fitting compliment to the artist’s Shrine-like tableaus.

Kuksi Feathered Sculpture

Kuksi Feathered Sculpture Detail
Detail from the Sculpture, Above

I can’t even imagine how labor intensive these pieces are, considering the placement of each tiny piece seems entirely intentional. There must be several thousand components in each of Kuksi’s sculptures. You could probably look at one for a year and never see everything.

Kris Kuksi Chrich Tank

Revival also includes a small scale version of The Churchtank — a steepled church structure fused to the base of a tank — a much larger edition of which was given the run of Liner’s rear gallery space during the Triumph exhibit. Church Tank!

Kris Kuksi
Kris Kuksi Photographed by Gail at Joshua Liner Gallery

Kris was present at the opening reception last Thursday and he was super nice to all his fans. I asked him if he’d every considered putting lots of tiny objects in his beard, and while he claimed to have considered the idea, he’d declined to execute it.

Kris Kuksi Sculpture

I like this guy. He looks like a Renaissance badass.

Kris Kuksi Sculpture

Kris Kuksi Sculpture Detail
Detail from the Sculpture, Above

Kris Kuksi is massively talented and truly a one-of-a-kind artist. Don’t miss your chance to see his work up close. Fortunately, you have a little extra time to make it the Liner Gallery for this one.

Kris Kuksi’s Revival will be on Exhibit Through January 18, 2014 at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at 540 West 28th Street, New York, in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours are Tuesday — Saturday from 11:00 AM — 6:00 PM.

Steve Powers Designs Upcoming Kurt Vile Album Artwork

Wakin On a Pretty Daze
Photo by Jessie Trbovich

I was so crazy about Kurt Vile’s 2011 release, Smoke Ring For My Halo that I could not possibly be more excited to hear that he has a new CD coming out in 2013, entitled Wakin on a Pretty Daze. What makes this news even cooler is the announcment that the album cover art, seen as a street mural in the photo above, is by contemporary painter Steve “Stephen” Powers, whose fun and original work I was introduced to this past summer at an exhibit at Joshua Liner Gallery. This mural, which I am guessing depicts the names of songs found on the album, is located at the intersection of Front and Master Streets in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, where Vile is from. Produced by John Agnello, and described by Vile as being comparable to Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, but “No cheese, just rock,” Wakin on a Pretty Daze is due out in the spring.