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Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene @ Simon Lee Gallery, New York

Fri 6 Sep 2019 to Sat 2 Nov 2019

Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene @ Simon Lee Gallery

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26 East 64th Street, NY 10065, New York Upper East Side, USA
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm


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Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene

New York

Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene
to Sat 2 Nov 2019
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Simon Lee Gallery, New York presents a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Los Angeles-based artists Marnie Weber and Justin John Greene. This occasion marks the first time Weber has exhibited at the gallery’s New York location, as well as the second time for Greene, whose work was previously included in the 2017 group exhibition An Uncanny Likeness.

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The exhibition opens a dialogue between two artists of differing backgrounds and generational affiliations, who similarly interrogate latent aspects of the cultural imagination. Both deal in densely populated tableaus depicting archetypal figures engaged in surreal narratives, synthesising divergent aesthetic tropes into coherent, unified compositions. Weber draws her point of departure from Depression-era farm country, whereas the setting for Greene, is hyperactive, present-day Los Angeles. Both artists bring the gothic undercurrent resting just beneath the surface of American life to the fore.

Weber’s collages are culled from the same conceptual foundation as her sculptures, films, videos, and performances; they portray a folkloric realm overflowing with young maidens, witches, spirits, and anthropomorphised forms.Representative of these works on view is ‘The Corn Ritual,’ 2019, a scene in which young girls donning witch masks pose before a cackling corn-headed scarecrow, inducting us into their ceremony.

Meanwhile, Greene extends an ongoing thread running through his practice, concerned with the unrelenting demands of post-Fordist labor. In the nocturnal paintings on view, subjects stay up all night, carousing in the street or fretting over the dining room table. Here, Greene’s insomniacs are haunted by spectres of the old order, evoking a sort of ambivalence on the part of the viewer. Could the curmudgeonly neighbour also be the sensitive caretaker of stray cats? Is Jacob Marley’s ghost a welcome house guest? Are we hallucinating?

Justin John Greene was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1984 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Recent solo exhibitions include A Warmer World, Carl Kostyál, London (2019); Welcome to Our Mess, Simon Lee Gallery, London (2018); Life Hack, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, CA (2018); O Buona Ventura!, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2017); Paintings, DM office, Paris, France (2017); Secret Slob, Andrew Rafacz, Chicago, IL (2016); Moonlighting, Loudhailer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016); and Raw Deal, Diana, Los Angeles, CA (2015). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Simon Lee Gallery, London (2019); Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, NL (2019); Simon Lee Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Allen & Eldridge, New York, NY (2016); König Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2016); 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA (2015); The Property Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI (2014); and White Cube, London, UK (2014).

Marnie Weber was born in Bridgeport, CT in 1959 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Recent solo exhibitions include Marnie Weber: Songs that Never Die and Other Stories, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (2019); Twisted Refrain: The Work of Marnie Weber, Boone Family Art Gallery, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA (2019); The Day of Forevermore, Concordia University, Montreal, QC (2018); Once Upon a Time in Forevermore, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland (2016); Marnie Weber: The Autumn Bear, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2011); and Marnie Weber, Forever Free, The Cinema Show: A Film Retrospective and Installations, Sculpture and Collage, Le Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France (2010). In addition to her work as an artist, Weber has a significant musical career. Originally part of the LA-based band Party Boys, she has subsequently released countless solo albums. Weber is widely know for her art-rock band The Spirit Girls, who are also featured as characters in her films. More recently Weber formed a collaborative noise band F who has a dedicated yet idiosyncratic following in Los Angeles.

Courtesy the artists and Simon Lee Gallery

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