HOFA Gallery presents Joseph Klibansky’s solo show in London: ‘All I Ever Wanted Was Everything’
After the recent and highly successful exhibition in LA, this solo show, which marks Klibansky’s first in London, will open at HOFA Gallery (The House of Fine Art) in Mayfair on Monday 6th May until Friday 31st May, 2019. The exhibition then moves to Nammos Village in Mykonos for a summer term (1 st July).
Joseph Klibansky is an emerging artist based in Amsterdam and HOFA will be exhibiting select pieces from the artist’s series of bronze sculptures alongside his utopian paintings.
Klibansky’s work has been compared to that of Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, not only for the techniques that he uses (polished bronze sculptures such as ‘Reflections of Truth II’) but also because of his commentary on our social climate.
In Reflections of Truth II, Pinocchio and his long nose stand, weighted down by an impossibly-large diamond carried on his shoulders. Made of shiny, polished bronze, the deceitful puppet can be found almost charming. Big Bang, a gigantic black gorilla head clad with a golden party hat and horn, is shown in sharp contrast with the animal’s sullen gaze. Made of glossed and polished bronze, this sculpture was realized with the aid of a 3D printer. Perhaps one of the most recognisable pieces of Klibanksy’s is Leap of Faith, a bronze sculpture of an astronaut carrying a cross.
For the paintings Klibanksy uses a visual vocabulary sourced from photographs and online material, he intercuts images, including iconic cartoons, and creates digital compositions which serve as the foundation for the series. He layers the photographs, enriched with acrylic paint, on archival cotton paper and overlays it all with a liquid resin. Playing with the implication of what is seen versus what an image implies, these hyper-realized paintings and sculptures address phenomenology (the study of structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view) and explores realms where both utopian and dystopian truths can co-exist.
Following Kilbanksy’s premiere exhibition at HOFA in Los Angeles last month, renowned art critic Peter Frank commented: “Joseph Klibansky is making conceptual sculpture, not Pop sculpture per se, so he operates in a discourse closer to Hirst than to Koons, but directly related to neither. I see clearly what he is saying as an individual artist, and how he is saying it, and how he evolved to this point."
HOFA Gallery specialises in contemporary art by established and emerging international artists, with galleries in Los Angeles, London and Mykonos. In 2018 HOFA Gallery was the first art gallery in the world to make their entire collection available in cryptocurrency.
All I Ever Wanted Was Everything opens at The House of Fine Art - HOFA Gallery, Mayfair on Monday 6 May, 2019. The exhibition is free to attend, private viewings can be booked for Thursday 9 May from 10am until 5pm, with the VIP reception starting at 6.30pm (invite only).