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Joey Kötting, Reflexive

Larissa Goldston Gallery
551 West 21st Street, 212-206-7887
December 16, 2010 - February 10, 2011
Reception: Thursday, December 16, 6 - 8 PM
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Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present Reflexive, the gallery’s second solo exhibition of work by Joey Kötting. The exhibition will be on view from December 16 through January 29. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Thursday December 16th from 6 to 8 pm.

As the title of the exhibition suggests, Kötting’s new work addresses issues of ego, id, and self-conscious inquiry. An inhabitant of both the physical world and cyberspace, Kötting embraces both spheres. A modern flâneur in the post-photographic era, he captures snapshots of textual references that evoke his place in the world. Graffiti, signage, emails and packaging are all places from which the artist’s birthday or initials can be culled. Kötting then takes these images as reference and, eschewing his previous photographic processes, uses “watercolor as a darkroom” to create a number of oblique portrait paintings.

Also included in the exhibition are a series of highly-reflective monochrome paintings. While these self-referential works evoke portraiture within the context of the exhibition, they also convey intimations of seeing oneself within the world.

Joey Kötting was born in England in 1966. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Tyler School of Art 1991 and holds a BFA from Brighton Polytechnic. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 and has exhibited internationally.
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