YEELEN Group is pleased to present SUBTEXT, a solo exhibition featuring the work of New York City based artist Wyatt Gallery, during Art Basel Miami Week, Dec 5th-10th 2017. In SUBTEXT, Wyatt Gallery transforms temporarily unused advertising walls within the subway of New York City from unintentional, evolving abstractions made from remnants of torn posters, paint, graffiti, and glue – into UV cured photographic palimpsests that reference the period of black paintings by Robert Rauschenberg in the 1950’s or French décollage art of the 1960’s Nouveau Réalisme movement.
Formed by the hands of unknown workers installing and removing advertising posters over decades, these accidental works of art are discovered by chance and may only be visible for hours until the next advertisement is placed on top, transforming the space, yet again. The artist uses photography to examine spirituality and resiliency found within spaces of emptiness, destruction, and loss. By showing the walls as found, in their entirety, the works in SUBTEXT explores the practice of accepting what is, by letting go of control, while reminding the viewer that we too are perfect in our imperfections, and our hidden inner wounds create our resilient and true beauty.
The exhibition will feature large-scale photography installations along the walls of the 4,000 square foot first floor of YEELEN, with an artist reception during the YEELEN Group’s annual Art Basel Miami event of the year BACK TO BLACK. Guests will enjoy music by DJ LL Cool Blaze, sip signature cocktails and experience a photo-based installation during the excitement that is Art Basel.
About the Artist
Wyatt Gallery received his BFA in photography at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1997. Gallery, is the former executive director of For Freedoms, an artist led Super PAC, and also the recipient of numerous honors and awards such as the Fulbright Fellowship, PDN 30, and ICP’s Infinity Award. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the world and are in major private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman House, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Twitter, and American Express.
“ Like Aaron Siskind, this young photographer has a keen eye for accidental Abstract Expressionism, which he finds in ravaged ads posted on subway platforms.”
-The New Yorker