NEW YORK, NY : On November 8th, 2017 ABXY will debut a new collection of work by artist MALIK ROBERTS. The show, entitled “STOLEN,” marks Robert’s first solo exhibition and will be co-curated by the artist and ABXY founder, Allison Barker. Barker discovered Roberts in 2015 and has been working closely with the artist ever since. His solo show will be the second exhibition at ABXY’s new Lower East Side location.
ABOUT MALIK ROBERTS:
Malik Roberts (b. 1990, Brooklyn, NY) is a Brooklyn based painter and multimedia artist creating deconstructed portraits of newsworthy contemporary subjects, which explore the relationship between visual culture and reality today. In 2015 his work made waves at a Gucci Mane themed Brooklyn exhibition sponsored by Tumblr, which was extensively covered by local media. In 2016 Roberts' politically charged mural on display at First Street Green Graffiti Park in downtown Manhattan caught the attention of Scholastic's National Programs team. The artist was subsequently selected to serve as a juror for Scholastic's distinguished "Art and Writing Awards." In November 2017, Roberts will have his first solo show at ABXY Gallery in Manhattan. Entitled, "Stolen," works in the show focus on the misappropriation of black culture throughout history. Celebrity collectors include: Adrien Brody (actor), Paige Reifler (model), and Ryn Weaver (musician). His work has been featured in Brooklyn Magazine, Spoiled NYC, Whitewall Magazine, Young Jefe, The Burrprint blog, and Pigeons and Planes and many many more.
ABOUT THE WORK:
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 everyday 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 ABOUT ABXY:
ABXY is a Lower East Side gallery specializing in emerging and outsider art.
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 October 11th, 2017 ABXY opened an art gallery to the public for the first time. From their new, Clinton Street headquarters, Barker continues to provide studio space for her artists on the lower level of the gallery while presenting socially beneficial exhibitions and events, which expand the conversation around contemporary art and culture.