NEW YORK, NY : On OCTOBER 11th ABXY will celebrate the opening of its new Lower East Side art gallery, located at 9 Clinton Street. Organized by ABXY founder Allison Barker and curator Frantz JR Juin, the opening exhibition, entitled “NOW WE HERE” will gather together a collection of the latest works by ABXY’s leading in house artists: Corey Wash, Vernon O’Meally, Malik Roberts, Zeehan Wazed, Sam Fryer, and Grave Guzman.
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.
ABXY quickly became a haven for collectors and artists of all fields, backgrounds, and experience levels to discover one another. When casual gatherings soon formalized into a cutting edge schedule of programming and events, demand for works by Barker’s group of artists quickly exceeded supply and it became clear: this genie needed a bigger bottle.
On the 11th, ABXY will open an art gallery to the public for the first time. From their new, Clinton Street headquarters, Barker will continue to provide studio space for her artists beneath the gallery while presenting socially beneficial exhibitions and events, which expand the conversation around contemporary art and culture.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER:
Born and raised in New York City, Allison Leigh Barker Graduated from the Nightingale- Bamford School in 2006. She attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where she earned degrees in Art History and French Literature. Barker went on to pursue a career in curatorial work, independently developing innovative exhibitions for museums, galleries, and contemporary artists throughout the US and Europe, while contributing to publications such as Art Republik and Whitewall Magazine. She has reported on topics ranging from Art Basel to art in outer space and interviewed contemporary icons like Rob Pruitt and Daniel Arsham.
As she developed lifelong relationships with artists, collectors, and art professionals across the globe, Barker began consulting on acquisitions for the collections of friends and family. With an eye for new talent, in 2015 she founded ABXY, formalizing an organically expanding art advisory business and turning her attention toward the development of private client relationships. Today, Barker continues to run her value-driven art advisory business from her office above ABXY’s Clinton Street gallery space while her artists produce their work below.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Malik Roberts (b. 1990, Brooklyn, NY) is a Brooklyn based painter and multimedia artist creating deconstructed portraits with controversial contemporary subjects, which explore the relationship between visual culture and reality today. In the tradition of artists like Magritte and Richard Prince, Roberts often works with images and conventions recognizable from the media, reframing his appropriated source material to reveal the absurdity of every day life. While his visual language combines influences of modern and pop art, the artist’s sophisticated compositions provoke engagement rather than astonishment, inviting the viewer to consider the impact of visual media on the consumption of ideas in the Digital Age.
Full essay available here: http://abxy.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ROBERTS-FOR-WEB-Small-2.pdf
COREY WASH (b. Baltimore, Maryland) is a writer and visual creator working across a diverse range of media as she explores concepts of beauty through internal flaws. As comfortable behind the camera as in front of it, Wash initially moved to NYC in 2011 to pursue a career in photography and modeling. Working alternately as artist and subject, the artist became inspired to express the liminal space between these experiences as she moved into new media like painting and drawing. Since 2012, Wash has produced a body of work, which reveals a poignant level of personal introspection while reflecting the hilarity of contemporary anxiety in technicolor.
Full essay available here: http://abxy.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/COREY-WASH-DECK-sm.pdf
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/GRAVE-FOR-WEB-small.pdf
With a background in perceptual psychology, artist Zeehan Wazed explores the philosophical side of mathematics in his mind bending paintings and drawings. Wazed often incorporates the principles of topology and shape theory into his work - areas of mathematics, which analyze concepts like space, dimension, and transformation. The artist executes his work while considering these miraculous mathematical equations that describe how shapes are able to bend and stretch, producing mesmerizing images, which highlight our innate ability to find patterns and associations everywhere we look.
Full essay available here: http://abxy.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Zeehan-Pack-for-Web.pdf VERNON O MEALLY
VERNON O’ MEALLY (b. Atlanta, Georgia) is a New York based street and visual artist. After graduating from the Ar t Institute of Atlanta in 2010, where he studied architecture and graphic design, O’Meally migrated to the NYC to begin pursuing his career as a visual ar tist.At first living on city streets and in subway cars, wandering the great metropolis in search of empty walls and creative work, the artist became inspired by New York’s electrifying pace and soon developed his signature “linescapes.” O’Meally’s structured linear configurations celebrate the mystical interconnectivity of urban life. They symbolize the disintegration of earlier terms of classification and the weaving of a new,shape-shifting social fabric based on imagination, diversity and spontaneity, which define America’s creative capitals.
Full essay available here: http://abxy.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/OMEALLY-DECK-FOR-WEBsm.pdf
Sam Fryer (b.1986) works in geometric abstraction, creating contemporary paintings and drawings in a visual language as old as culture itself. Elegant meditations on the duality of progress, Fryer’s ink-colored canvasses brim with tension and vitality. His sophisticated handling of form, color, and texture produce radiantly refined compositions, capable of engaging the viewer with a glance. Whether his structural arrangements lead the eye buoyantly across the canvas, or a work’s aesthetic ambiguity commands closer inspection, Fryer’s mystical configurations ensnare the gaze and tempt the touch. By activating our instinctual, physical responses to visual stimulation, the artist provokes the sensory certainty with which we evaluate physical landscapes. Set against the increasingly abstract landscape of the Digital Age, the work highlights the inadequacy of our sensory instincts when facing the enigma of structural relationships encrypted in the virtual realm.
Full essay available here: http://abxy.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/FRYER-DECK-FOR-WEBsm.pdf