LMAKgallery is pleased to present GIANT, a solo exhibition by Alan Belcher with a suite of new
paintings that touch on the American ethos and project an individual’s struggle within capitalism.
The exhibition takes its title from the epic motion picture.
Belcher’s conceptual practice is decidedly multi-layered and object orientated. A transparency of
vision and simplicity of fabrication with a concentrated regard for materials are hallmarks of his
serial productions. In the exhibition, he continues his explorations of production in relation to the
generic mode of oil painting. Once again the artist risks a pioneering venture into unproven,
untapped territory. These objects are encountered as symbolized vehicles plainly behaving as art
objects, rather than expressive or narrative paintings. Worksite canvas tarpaulins are sliced and
pieced together in a manner similar to Arte Povera, some featuring repairs in a Boro style. These
stretched canvases are hand-painted in black oil with a loaded imagery — determination,
investment, patience, risk-taking, capitalism, gambling, prospection, ambition, discovery,
desolation, desperation, good fortune, property, underground culture, milkshakes, and a best faith
for the future; are all conveyed.
Known for his directness and sharp simplicity when approaching difficult subject matter Belcher’s
work has a sense of humor and a reverence for Pop, as well as a hands-on approach.
Alan Belcher’s solo exhibitions have been presented at numerous international venues, including
Le Consortium (Dijon), Marlborough Gallery (NYC), greengrassi Gallery (London), Jack
Shainman Gallery (NYC), White Columns (NYC), Galerie Daniel Buchholz (Cologne), Margo
Leavin Gallery (Los Angeles), as well as Chicago, Hamburg, Toronto, Montréal, Torino,
Stockholm, Tokyo, and Milan. His works are held in several public collections including: National
Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery
at UBC (Vancouver), Musee des Beaux-Arts (Montréal), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Chase
Manhattan Bank; as well as many private international collections.
Belcher’s work is currently featured in the exhibition Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s
curated by Gianni Jetzer at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. This
summer his work will be included in Readymade, the opening exhibition in June of the Swiss
Institute in New York, curated by Niels Olsen and Fredi Fischli; and this July in the Front
Cleveland Triennial, curated by Michelle Grabner. Belcher was co-founder and co-director of
Gallery Nature Morte (1982–88) with artist Peter Nagy in New York's East Village. He lives and
works in his hometown of Toronto, Canada.