Summer Show of New York Artists, London 

31 May – 28 August 2016

Works by Lili Almog, Nick Farhi, Gregory Thielker, Darryl Westly, Ryan Schneider


Coburn Projects opens a new summer group show with emerging New York based artists Lili Almog, Nick Farhi, Gregory Thielker, Darryl Westly and Ryan Schneider. Each work in the exhibition presents a specific view into a landscape or surrounding, they range from hyper-realistic to dream-like, from abstract, pop to figurative.

Nick Farhi’s ‘Huckleberry Fin Landscape’ brings the viewer on a level of perspective where the sky is almost falling out of the frame giving space to a central massively dark landscape that lays beyond a blurry grass field in front of us. A cinematographic composition of color and shapes conceived from Farhi’s space of literary contemplation and his infer love for the infinite modern imagination.

The Red Studio, Darryl Westly’s most recent painting, gives a view of an interior ‘landscape’ shaped by voids, layers and shadows that create the perspective into a clean and coded arrangement of a contemporary interior.The revealed neatness in the painting links to Westly’s former photo-realistic works, eye-catching compositions of ‘make feel happy’ junk and his enquiry in our socially coded lifestyles.

Gregory Thielker’s series of hyper-realistic oil paintings feature the rain as a shifting blurry lens to see the environment, highlighting and obscuring the view at the same time. Thielker’s meticulous work is linked to a real experience, a transcendental moment of passing landscapes and where the fluidity and mergin of shapes and colors, speed and calmness create this slipping and compressive perspective that we are all familiar with.

Lili Almog’s series of satelite photographs show different topographical typologies of places like graveyards, sport fields or irrigation fields and are reshaped by symbolic and graffiti-like inteventions made of different media. The works reinforce the radar of human control and controlled being.  A new painting by Ryan Schneider accompanies the exciting palette of works in this summer exhibition. Schneider's canvases, activated by his quest to "hear what wants to be painted", explore the mysteries within the desert's silence and plunge into the unresolved conflict between the wild and the manmade. In this new series owls melt together in a wild grid of branches in psychodelic colours and a defining dark starry sky.

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exhibition view
Nick Farhi, Huckleberry Fin Landscape, 2016, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in
Lili Almog, Circle Filed #8A (Series: Down to Earth), archival pigment print, 20 x 24 in
Darryl Westly, The Red Studio, 2016, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in
Gregory Thielker, Breathe, 2016, oil on linen, 34 x 30 in

Nick Farhi (born 1987, New York), lives and works in New York. As an oil painter he is known for his detailed and romanticized subject matter like his trompe-l’œil drawings of wine stains or drum skin paintings. Most recent exhibitions: Rod Bianco Gallery, Across 110th St, Oslo (2016); Leila Heller Gallery, Shrined to Speed, NY (2016); Ethan Cohen Gallery NY, Taking Back New York (2016); Jonathan Viner Gallery, Summer Objects Show (2015); United Artists Ltd. Marfa (TX), Belafonte (2015); Bill Brady Gallery Miami, Don’t Need Roads (2015) and Neochrome Gallery Torino, F.i.l.a. : Fall in Love Again (2015).

Darryl Westly (born 1989, Chicago), lives and works in New York. He was included in recent group show such as On Ishton’s Porch at Hou Yee Chan Gallery LA; Supersketchy at Alleypoop Projects New York; Scent at Dickinson Roundell New York; The Gruin Transfer at Solomon Arts Gallery NY; Strangers Forming a group waiting to Kiss at Motel Gallery New York.

Gregory Thielker (born 1979 in New Jersey) lives and works currently in New York. The artist uses painting and drawing to investigate the conception of site through observation and memory. He has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Recent exhibition venues include Castor Gallery New York, Bennington College, Vermont, The Brattleboro Art Museum, Vermont, Republic Gallery, Paris, and Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC. He is the recipient of many grants and residencies including the Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Award, Sanskriti-Kendra Residency in Delhi, Hybrid Art Projects Residency in El Salvador, and the American Scandinavian Foundation Artist Grant. His work has been featured by Vermont Public Radio, The Independent, La Repubblica, and New American Painting.

Lili Alog (born 1961 in Israel) lives and works in New York. While forming new icons, Almog’s choices recall Warhol and Jasper John’s use of symbols, paying homage to the history of graffiti via unique superimposed mark- ings and what she calls the new ‘Readymades’, while addressing humanity’s shift- ing virtual horizon. Easy access to a proliferation of satellite images give the com- mon man an illusion of ubiquity and control, in a way man can imagine himself a creator, and yet every man is rendered all the more powerless as these same technologies, which he imagines himself controlling, control him as commodity, aggregating data based on his interactions. Her work is in many collections such as MOMA San Francisco, V&A Museum London and she had recent solo shows at Vered Gallery NY, Mana Contemporary NJ, The Art Museum Lexington KY. She also recently published a new book ‘Between Presence and Absence in 2015.

Ryan Schneider (born 1980 in Indianapolis) received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2002. Schneider has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Recent shows include “Speak to Me, Tree”, a solo exhibition at Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam (2016), “You Are Entering”, a solo exhibition at Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles (2015), “Dark Matters”, a solo exhibition at the One River School in Englewood, NJ (2016), “Ritual for Letting Go”, a solo exhibition at Two Rams, New York (2014), “Media”, a group exbition at Galleri Jacob Bjørn, Aarhus, Denmark, “Et Brask Spark”- selections from the collection of Jens Peter Brask, at the Munkeruphus Museum, Denmark. Schneider’s work has been featured in the Brask Studio Visits book (2015), Whitewall Magazine, Modern Painters,  ArtNet, The New Yorker, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, C-Print Journal, ArtInfo, Artblog Artblog, New American Paintings, Art F City, and Brask Art Blog. His work was recently aquired by the Hall Art Foundation.  Schneider lives and works in Joshua Tree, CA and is represented by Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.