Hats Off, Ceramic, 2012
Ed. Varie is pleased to announce No Rake Gut, a solo-exhibition with artist Mark Delong.
Opening Reception Thursday October 25, 2012 6 – 9 pm
Mark Delong is a self-taught artist working in a range of media, including sculpture, drawing, painting, and sequential art. His work features a rotating cast of characters in situations both ordinary and surreal. Drawing inspiration from dreams, popular television, and the absurdities in day-to-day life, Delong’s work combines humor with a raw and spontaneous aes thetic.
The title of this upcoming exhibit No Rake Gut, refers to a sequence of everyday events that as time passes the interpretation of these events moves farther and farther from the actual reality, turning into something completely different from which it originated. As a metaphor for artistic process and art making from a primitive perspective, Mark Delong brings together a new body of paintings with a fresh color palette, broad marks, and active abstraction. The ceramic works Delong is widely acknowledged for are born in new shapes with strong graphic sensibilities. Delong will also debut a short documentary video.
Past exhibitions include Abel Neue Kunst Gallery, Bee Studios, Colette, LES Gallery, Perugi Art Contemporenea, Musuem of Contemporary Canadian Art, Museum of London Ontario, and Spencer-Brownstone Gallery. Delong has books published by Nieves, Seems, and TV Books. This will be Delong’s second solo-exhibit and third show at Ed.Varie in New York.
Delong, born in 1978 in New Brunswick, currently lives and works in Vancouver.
Ed. Varie is an independent gallery and in the East Village’s Alphabet City. Founded in 2010, Ed.Varie has become an anchor for emerging artists, and a home to the contemporary art community. Ed. Varie bring artists in the early stages of their career to the large and influential art market in Manhattan, that is historically, and increasingly difficult, for young artists to permeate.
Inspired by the fundamentals of open programming, Ed. Varie fosters all forms of contemporary art, and offers a platform for artists to explore new concepts and take uncharted risks in their practice. Ed. Varie supports a wide range of artists, national and international; as well maintains a highly curated bookstore and permanent library of limited edition art books from independent and micro-niche publishers.
Ed. Varie is located at 618 E. 9th St. (btwn Ave B and C), just off Tompkins Square Park. Take the L to 1st Ave, F to 2nd Ave, or 6 to Astor Place.