JAMES ENGLISH LEARY / MARCH 15 - 28, 2016
One: There is one painting. There are two figures, three columns and four faces.
Two: As ever, there is biology versus geometry. In particular, there is a double-Janus stitched through with a negative lightning bolt. In general, there are seams vs. edges, beings Frankensteined out of halves versus two wholes attempting intimacy. As with Frankenstein, as with the improbability of love, one plus one equals one.
Three: There are three things to make art about: Nature, geometry (which is to say, the man-made) and other art.
Four: There are the people we love, the people our lovers love and the people loved by the lovers of our lovers. Which is to say the pivoting of intimacies as we connect, change, disconnect and connect again. There are the multiple versions of ourselves. There is safe sex and consensual art. There are the four candle-lit faces of a double date, the four seasons and the four-act plays Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard and Hedda Gabbler.
James English Leary is an artist and teacher based in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions include "Triple Motherfucker" at Vito Schnabel Projects, New York, "Rorschach Rhapsody" at Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain, and "The Joys of Mortgaging Your Future" at Boyfriends, Chicago. He is the recipient of a 2015 Tiffany Foundation Award.
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