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Joseph Klibansky “All I Ever Wanted Was Everything” at House of Fine Art this Friday

Joseph Klibansky “The Thinker” courtesy of HOFA Gallery

House of Fine Art will present the first Los Angeles solo exhibition of  work by Amsterdam-based artist Joseph Klibansky on Friday, February 1st.

The exhibition will feature new painting and sculpture, both of which explore the artist’s ongoing exploration of perception. Playing with the implication of what is seen versus what an image implies, Klibansky’s works address realms where both utopian and dystopian truths can co-exist. Implication and paradox are at the heart of Joseph Klibansky’s work. What can first appear joyous can descend into bleak melancholy.

Klibanksy’s large-scale idealistic paintings feature a process of figurative and abstract layering. Using a visual vocabulary sourced from photographs and online material, Klibansky intercuts images, including iconic cartoons, and creates digital compositions which serve as the foundation for the series. He layers the photographs, enriched with acrylic paint, on archival cotton paper and overlays it all with a liquid resin.

Select pieces from Klibansky’s series of bronze sculptures will also be on view. The figures aim to represent the juxtaposition between symbol and association. In “Reflections of Truth II”, Pinocchio and his long nose stand, weighted down by an impossibly-large diamond carried on his shoulders. Made of shiny, polished bronze, the deceitful puppet can be found almost charming. “Big Bang” , a gigantic black gorilla head clad with a golden party hat and horn, is shown in sharp contrast with the animal’s sullen gaze. Made of glossed and polished bronze, this sculpture was realized with the aid of a 3D printer. Klibansky’s practice often allows technology and traditional artistic techniques to coexist.

Exhibition dates: February 1 – March 2, 2019

The House of Fine Art – HOFA Gallery

819 La Cienega Boulevard

Los Angeles


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