Installation shots for Motion Pictures, the first solo exhibition by Joshua Abelow. The exhibition runs February 13th - March 19th at TIF SIGFRIDS.
In his paintings, Abelow depicts the neurosis of the 21st century artist, creating a kind of self-portraiture through a handful of recurring characters. In this series we see a noodley stick figure nestled inside a buff witch running here, there, and nowhere in particular. These running witches are shown alongside new paintings of austere grey fields in which Abelow’s smaller abstract works attempt to orient themselves in the zero-g landscape. The characters in Abelow’s work simultaneously facilitate and obstruct semantic clarity, delivering an allegorical hangover without the full allegory itself. All of the paintings presented here stem from a body of work made during a sojourn in rural Maryland where the artist worked in relative solitude while simultaneously undergoing a curatorial project out of a space called Freddy in nearby Baltimore.