Joshua Abelow, ‘Untitled’, 2017, Serving The People

About Joshua Abelow

Joshua Abelow makes paintings and drawings that, in his own words, “mock the idea of the artistic genius” and look satirically at his own career and practice. Abelow is known for using simple-though-loaded imagery: his two most common motifs are geometric forms and stick figures, which are references to Modernist abstraction. His paintings, characteristically executed on stretched burlap, also demonstrate Abelow’s deft understanding of color. In fact, while Abelow does not plan his compositions, he always selects his colors in advance, though he tries to limit himself to two layers of paint per work. In contrast to the rigid forms of his paintings, Abelow’s drawings are comprised of loosely rendered images, which Abelow sometimes considers a foil to and a release from his painting process.

American, b. 1976, Frederick, Maryland, based in Brooklyn, New York