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Brian Adam Douglas

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015


Pictured above: The Center Cannot Hold, 2011, cut paper on birch panel with UVA varnish, 72" diameter. Collection of Kelly Colasanti


Brian Adam Douglas displays a meticulous attentiveness to the possibilities of paper. His works are made by laboriously cutting and applying slivers of paper into images that are both painterly and cinematic. The works on view in Wrath: Force of Nature depict private moments made public in times of crisis. By collapsing these two spaces, Douglas describes a contemporary landscape in constant upheaval, when global problems intrude into the home or the neighborhood where we might feel safest. Though the figures and places suggest events both described in headlines and occurring down the block, they also allude to personal mythologies. His intense process was honed through his street art practice, wheatpasting complex collages on walls throughout New York City, work for which he is better known through the moniker Elbow Toe.

Douglas has been featured in solo exhibitions at R.Jampol Project(s), New York, NY; Black Rat Projects, London, England; and the Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington, England, among other venues. His work has been included in group shows at spaces such as SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan; The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX; and Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. He has been collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; and the Thomas J. Watson Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, among others. His work has been covered in The New York Times and The Telegraph, and he has been the subject of documentaries by MTV and the BBC. He completed a BFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Pictured above: A Sort of Homecoming, 2011, cut paper on maple panel with UVA varnish, 36” x 71”, Collection Craig and Charo ONeil

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.