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John Guzman: Drowning in Harmony

Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

Fri 12 Jan 2024 to Sat 2 Mar 2024

475 Tenth Avenue, NY 10018 John Guzman: Drowning in Harmony

Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm

Artist: John Guzman

Sean Kelly Gallery presents John Guzman’s solo exhibition Drowning in Harmony. Guzman’s visceral artworks deconstruct the body to navigate the unpredictable, unusual, and at times, unbearable moments of life. Featuring a compelling series of new large and small oil paintings and works on paper, the exhibition delves into the complexities of the human experience.


Artworks

John Guzman, 1,2,3..., 2023

Oil on linen

16 × 20 × 1 5/8 in

© John Guzman. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York/Los Angeles

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John Guzman, Back to new, 2023

Oil on linen

20 × 16 × 2 in

© John Guzman. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York/Los Angeles

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John Guzman, Bloodletting, 2023

Oil on canvas

96 × 72 × 2 in

© John Guzman. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York/Los Angeles

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John Guzman, Compassionate Compromise, 2023

Oil on canvas

96 × 72 × 1 1/2 in

© John Guzman. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York/Los Angeles

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John Guzman, Hunch, 2023

Oil on canvas

72 × 72 × 2 in

© John Guzman. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York/Los Angeles

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John Guzman, Peep show, 2023

Charcoal on paper

40 × 32 in

© John Guzman. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York/Los Angeles

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John Guzman, Pollen, 2023

Oil on linen

20 × 16 × 2 in

© John Guzman. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York/Los Angeles

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John Guzman, Secret hide away, 2023

Oil on linen

16 × 20 × 1 5/8 in

© John Guzman. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York/Los Angeles

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John Guzman, Warmer outside, 2023

Oil on linen

20 × 16 × 2 in

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Installation Views

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Drowning in Harmony presents Guzman’s distinctive style and thought-provoking narrative to explore his unique visual language. His innovative approach to painting serves as a form of documentation, revealing the transformative nature of the body by reducing it to textured lines and muted colors. Drawing from lived experiences in the Southside of San Antonio, Texas, Guzman’s paintings abstract the human figure to reflect the unrecognizable transformations of the body resulting from stress. Guzman’s mastery of form, color, and conceptual depth is evident in this new series of works which demonstrate his ability to push artistic boundaries. The works on paper further highlight Guzman’s versatility, translating intricate concepts into a more intimate medium.

Positioning his figures within domestic architecture, Guzman intricately weaves links between the environment and its inhabitants. In his paintings, Guzman assembles distorted, tangled figures confined in cramped domestic spaces, creating a visual language for the condition of existence at the edge of survival. The exhibition creates a link between the environment and its inhabitants as Guzman explores space, style, subject matter, and line, addressing the fragility of the psyche and altered landscapes.

John Guzman received formal training from the Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX. In June 2022, he had his first museum solo exhibition, John Guzman: Flesh and Bone at Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX. He is a graduate of NXTHVN’s Fellowship Program in New Haven, CT, which had its culminating exhibition, Undercurrents at Sean Kelly, New York in June 2022. He currently lives and works in New Haven, CT.

Installation view of John Guzman: Drowning in Harmony at Sean Kelly, New York, January 12 – March 2, 2024, Photography: Jason Wyche, Courtesy: Sean Kelly

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