Gallery Poulsen is pleased to invite you to the opening of “These Hands are Monsters”, the first solo show of Isaac Arvold in the gallery.
”From the moment we are born we discover our extremities. We learn how to crawl, explore and create. Through this tactile experience, we learn to feel both emotionally and physical…ly. Our hands, our vehicle of the mind, allow us to show love and hate within one swift act, sometimes before we even know it. Almost as if they have a mind of their own. Like a magical creature connected to the stubs of our heart. We live by our choices and are only left making more choices while our hands endure every season until we find our resting place. We wander through this world wondering if we will ever leave a mark or have our journey be turned into a tale or myth. Our hands, these hands, are monsters.”
Isaac Arvold, June 2014
With these words we kick off the fall season with Gallery Poulsen’s newly arrived American talent Isaac Arvold. For this show “These Hands are Monsters”, which is Isaac’s first solo show in the gallery, Isaac has primarily been working with acrylic on canvas accompanied by six hand-painted prints and a small installation.
Impressively and convincingly Isaac combines shapes, colors, and text borrowed from many different universes. The inspiration is obvious: comics, surrealism, tattoos and styles of illustration have been renegotiated and united within one single frame in a very alluring way. It’s all the spectacle work of the hand when it’s been set free, and when it has a mind of its own, to use Isaac’s own words. The exhibition “These Hands are Monsters” awakes great questions of the individual human being’s existence in the world, both in mind and in body, and not least in the relation to other people.
Joining the gallery team happened true to the Poulsen tradition for Isaac – through the friendship with Jade Townsend. They met in the artistic environments of Minneapolis, where Isaac had his creative stamping ground alongside his job as a schoolteacher up to 2010 when he moves to Brooklyn, New York. Here he meets Townsend again, who introduces him to Gallery Poulsen. The first time we presented Isaac was in the summer show “The Wild Bunch” last year. Isaac was very well acclaimed and a solo show was put in the calendar immediately.
And here it is – “These Hands are Monsters”! The show is a visual stream of contradiction: the accurate line against the rapid and rough brushstrokes, the imaginative surreal figures against the abstract graphical backgrounds, the slow tradition-filled painting against the reproducible print. The contrasts and complexes are many but the hand of Isaac is confident. Welcome to the show – and do not hesitate to be under the amazing and talented hands of Isaac Arvold!
The show includes 14 new paintings, 6 hand-painted prints and a small installation. Isaac Arvold arrives in Copenhagen Tuesday the 12th and is available for interviews. Contact the gallery at +45 3333 9396 for more information.
Isaac Arvold (US)
These Hands are Monsters - The way we look at ourselves and the world around us
Opening Friday August 15th from 5 - 7 pm
The show runs until September 20th
Gallery Poulsen Contemporary Fine Arts
Flæsketorvet 24, Den hvide Kødby
1711 København V.
Tlf. +45 4015 5588 // +45 3333 9396