White Room: Tony JustSeptember 10–October 22, 2016
White Columns is pleased to present the first New York exhibition in almost a decade by the Berlin-based, American artist Tony Just. Just's exhibition will align a recent group of ostensibly abstract paintings with a group of his unique, hand-painted book works.
Just’s paintings and book works have emerged from a largely organic drawing process. His book works, typically – though not exclusively – created on ‘found’ or existing volumes depict the shadows created by the artist’s fingers (and often drawn with the help of a studio assistant), then subsequently painted in with thin layers of watercolor, gouache, wine and grape juice. These essentially ‘abstract’ images are then the basis for Just’s monochromatic oil paintings, which both mirror and amplify the ‘Rorschach’-like format of the double-page book spreads.
About his intentions, Just has said: “Using elements of abstraction, representation, illustration and duplication I try to produce paintings which show the infinite possibilities of interpretation. The magic of seeing images revealed or dissolved. To move the viewer just a little bit closer to seeing something they may have missed.”
Tony Just (b.1969), Lives and works in Berlin. Just received an MFA from Hunter College, New York in 1994, and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. He has shown his work internationally since the mid-1990s with solo exhibitions at Frederico Bianchi, Milan (2014); Sommer & Kohl, Berlin (2012 and 2009); and Gavin Brown’s enterprise (2007 and 2004.) He had a two-person exhibition with Elizabeth Peyton in 2003 at the Orient Historical Society, Orient, New York.