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Coverage – ASVP Solo Exhibition “Super Matter” at GR Gallery LES, NYC

August 12, 2018
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GR Gallery is pleased to present “SUPER MATTER”, a cutting edge solo show featuring the urban art collaborative duo ASVP, revealing for the first time a completely new body of artworks. The show will unveil 18 fresh works including paintings, prints and site specific installations, expressly designed for this event and manufactured to throw the viewer into a mesmerizing cosmos defined by bright colors and bits and pieces of recognizable icons, inserted in a mysterious context that stimulates our curiosity.  “SUPER MATTER” aims to investigate and present a solo show. The latest artistic output of this internationally known and brilliant artistic duo is not simply characterized by a strong Urban Art and New Pop Culture influence but also dares to go beyond boundaries and, through a witty and outermost visual aesthetic, breaks down the restriction among the familiar and the unknown.

“SUPER MATTER”, also the title of this new body of work, is best described as POP ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM aka ‘PopAbEx’. The new imagery breaks down the omnipotent institutions and individuals into something new and unconstrained. It takes familiar elements of super heroes and icons and reimagines them as shapes of expressive energy with dynamic strokes, bold colors and movement.

For this hip new project, ASVP prepared a startling plan, redesigning GR gallery’s visual layout through bulky, colorful wall paintings and other unanticipated operations. Innovative additions uncovered in this show will reveal few selected artworks designed with same concept, but rearranged in a star-like shape, ancestral symbol with countless cultural references.

ASVP is a Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Simon Grendene and Victor Anselmi, founded in 2008. They are best known for creating graphic images with nods to advertising, pop and comic book culture, juxtaposed with layers of organic abstraction. A combination of painting and print making remain central to their approach.

The duo creates paintings, murals and silk-screen posters containing a mixture of bold typographic elements and bright colors. ASVP’s artwork has been featured internationally in auction houses and galleries including; Doyle New York’s Annual Contemporary Sale, Digard Paris, Art Basel Festival in Switzerland & Miami, and Dallas Contemporary among others. ASVP also frequently collaborate with major brands such as Spotify which commissioned them to create 25 large-scale murals throughout the organization’s 97,000 sq. ft. New York City headquarters.

They have also collaborated with the legendary French fashion label, Agnès b., to create a limited collection of garments which sold out internationally. The team has also worked with Nike, Spike TV, Fabergé, Qualcomm, Gibson USA, and VH1. Recent large-scale works and interior installations include the Columbia College’s Wabash Arts Corridor in Chicago, The City of Basel Switzerland and the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn, New York.

Along with the exhibition open Wed – Sun: 12:00pm – 7:00pm until August 19th, 2018,  GR Gallery will be hosting a roundtable discussion on street art to fine art with Victor Anselmi of ASVP, Alberto Pasini Managing Director of GR gallery and Angelo Madrigale Director of Contemporary Art at Doyle New York on Wednesday August 15th from 7-9pm. Expect a lively conversation of where art is and where it is going — along with refreshments.

GR Gallery, 255 Bowery (between Houston & Stanton) New York, NY 10002.

All Photo’s Copyright 2018 Matthew A. Eller.  Follow me on Instagram @ellerlawfirm.

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