New York, NY | FEB 5, 2018 : This week marks the final opportunity to see Melvin “Grave” Guzman’s, monumental installation at ABXY Lower East Side. ABXY introduced the Harlem-born artist last month, presenting his first solo exhibition, entitled “A GRAVE NEW WORLD,” (runs through February 11, 2018) Co-curated by Guzman and ABXY founder, Allison Barker “A GRAVE NEW WORLD,” explores the dark side of industrialized fashion, featuring artwork created exclusively from luxury waste. By saturating the gallery in his signature assemblages of found materials (ranging from sculpture, to collage, to works on canvas, leather, and tarp), the artist’s installation satirizes the psychological intensity of our image driven world while highlighting the fluid relationship between environment and identity. The exhibition also includes a site specific collaboration between Guzman and guest artist Brian Ellingson. Before entering “A GRAVE NEW WORLD,” visitors of ABXY must pass through their “4-D” artwork of sculpture, light, sound and time, entitled “Fantasy Island.”
Opening night, live music was provided by the Onyx Collective. Event photographers included Erik Bardin & Jean Andre Antoine. Video provided by Marco Matute. That evening the artist also revealed his much anticipated photo book: “Grave Night,” a limited edition of which are available for purchase via Artsy. Closing Party: Friday, February 9th | 8PM-10PM.
Grave Guzman (b. 1989) is a Harlem based artist working in photography, video, collage, and mixed-media. While Guzman pursues a range of distinct technical practices, his artwork consistently explores the oscillating relationship between city and self, environment and identity. Whether he’s sneakily snapping a photograph or carefully assembling found materials into a sprawling tapestry, the artist creates abstract portraits and landscapes, which convey the experience of city life today. To experience his work is to feel the familiar jolt of the subway heaving to a start and the landscape beginning to rush by, quickly blurring through dirty windows as the train picks up speed. His photos, videos, collages, and mixed media works are reflections not just of urban spaces, but our experience of those spaces, distilled by the passing of time. Full essay available here: http://abxy.co/wp- content/uploads/2016/06/GRA VE-FOR-WEB-small.pdf
ABXY is a Lower East Side Gallery specializing in emerging and outsider artists. Inspired by the salon-style galleries of history’s great female art collectors –women like Peggy Guggenheim and Gertrude Stein– ABXY formed in 2015 when streetwise art advisor, Allison Barker, invited a carefully curated group of emerging artists to use her SoHo home-office as studio space. As the walls filled with their paintings, the space filled with friends and ABXY quickly became a haven for collectors and artists of all fields, backgrounds, and experience levels to discover one another. In 2017, ABXY opened an art gallery to the public for the first time. From their new Clinton Street headquarters, Barker continues to present socially beneficial exhibitions while providing studio space to her artists on the lower level of the gallery.