Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Opening Tomorrow: Ivin Ballen @ Winkleman Gallery

Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present "50/50," our first solo exhibition by New York artist Ivin Ballen. Featuring a brilliant new series of paintings, and a triptych incorporating an operating stereo system, Ballen offers an insightful and humorous exploration of our relationships to everyday materials.

Composing maquettes from cardboard, duct tape, plastic bottles, garbage bags, and other recyclable commonplace items, Ballen casts fiberglass and aqua resin sculptures of their negative space that he then paints with acrylic and watercolor paints, often with trompe l'oeil passages that reference the original found objects. Although the illusion is temporarily quite convincing, closer inspection of the paintings reveals subtle differences in textures and colors that expose the process, reinforcing Ballen’s central investigation of the act of looking and perceiving.

Corresponding with his first New York solo exhibition is Ballen's first solo exhibition at Hilberry Gallery in Detroit, MI, November 9 -January 5, 2008.

For more information, please contact Edward Winkleman at or 212.642.3152.

Ivin Ballen
November 29 - January 5, 2008
Opening reception: Thursday, November 29, 2007, 6-8 pm

Winkleman Gallery
637 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
t: 212.643.3152
f: 212.643.2040

Labels: gallery artists exhibitions


Anonymous dubz said...

congrats ivin!!

11/28/2007 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

i am unimpressed with economy of means (real or faux) - emerging artist written all over it. But on the other hand I'm equally unimpressed with auto body finished international or festivalist art. These objects appear to incorporate elements of both.


Tedious Tromp l'hueil academicism.

Trendy (forward edge)



Look and feel of Arte Pauvera meets Starn Brothers in ad hock contingency.

Easier on the eye than op-art tape masters.

Remedial/found color theory + aqua resin = something interesting to cover the hole I punched in the wall.

Definitely must see in person.

Recomendation: STRONG BUY

11/28/2007 04:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good looking works. Might just catch the moment. Jason Roades in 2d. Might have to work on developing a bit of edginess. To hook viewers in more. Good that they dont dwindle into chaos though. Good colourist too.

11/29/2007 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Sarah P said...

I love these
Congratulations Ivin!

11/29/2007 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger Mike @ MAO said...

I loved this show!! And you totally picked my favorite... I believe the title was : Poodle !!

The art world needs more whit and humor like Ivin's!

11/30/2007 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

too much work on the wall in too small a space. Get a bigger gallery.
Is my advice.

12/02/2007 05:38:00 PM  

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