With or Without | Oliver Vernon & Christian Calabro
A unique solo exhibition with Oliver Vernon and Chrsitian Calabro, two of the most renowned names in modern abstraction. A collaboration viewed as a dialogue between two different sets of thoughts and techniques, merging effortlessly into a unified, universal language.
With or Without, is a collaborative exhibition, brings together artists Oliver Vernon and Christian Calabro for the first time at Kirk Gallery. Coming from different countries (Vernon: US, Calabro: Switzerland) and having studied different disciplines (Vernon: painting/sculpture, Calabro: graphic design), the two artists converged in a Brooklyn loft with adjacent studios in 2001. With parallel interests in art history stemming from Kurt Schwitters and early Modernist movements, their creative kinship developed over years before the artistic collaborations began in 2010.
Their work plays with the intersection of intuitive gestural mark making and hard edged design elements while mixing a rigid abstract formalist approach with a reverence for the absurd. Their process is spontaneous, seeking to capture a moment free of preconceptions. Tight craftsmanship is as much an ingredient as absolute looseness, giving the artists a freedom to push the boundaries of perceptual norms.
The work presented in their first collaborative show is a testament of the true value of friendship, trust, and the passion for image making. Their collaboration can be viewed as a dialogue between two different sets of thoughts and techniques, merging effortlessly into a unified, universal language.