Brooklyn based Paul Wackers invents esoteric collections of plants, art, and objects for his large-scale paintings. Taking intimate and sometimes abstracted objects from everyday life and arranging them in alternating states of chaos and order, Paul suggests that there is no right way to have a “collection”. In his work, the unrecognizable seems weirdly familiar, and rooms that are devoid of human presence are anything but uninhabited.
Brooklyn based Hai-Hsin Huang paints and draws quickly, basing the compositions on images she finds on institutional websites: government, schools, hospitals, and news outlets. The photographs she uses are vaguely propagandist, and her resulting paintings both poke fun at and reveal the horror in such images.
Huang’s works explore images indicative of contemporary life. She is interested in the ridiculousness and fear in society, the absurdity and the loneliness. As part of a generation marked by hedonism, people seem to know more but feel less. Catastrophes become assumptions; we practice suffering and crisis with laughter. Huang tries to highlight the lives of this easy and comfortable generation, and in particular, their lightness of being.
Remember when we went to Montreal? The people at Drawn and Quarterly were so nice an helpful. They made us a list of the best poutines in the city. The store was pretty great too. Like a little slice of San Francisco in Brooklyn in Paris. We miss them.