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Gonzalo Lebrija, Via Láctea, 2017, video, 5 min and 50 sec

Gonzalo Lebrija
Opening Saturday, January 19th, 6-9pm

Kohn Gallery is pleased to announce Gonzalo Lebrija’s first solo exhibition with the gallery opening January 19th and on view through March 2019. The exhibition spans all three exhibition spaces in the gallery and comprises nine new paintings, a new sculptural work and a film installation being shown in the United States for the first time, concurrently on view at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.

Gonzalo Lebrija is one of the most celebrated artists working in Mexico today who has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America. Lebrija’s multi-media approach toward art making has become highly regarded in his ability to simultaneously employ painting, photography, film and sculpture, combined often into one exhibition or series of work. At Kohn Gallery, the artist will present a group of nine new paintings on linen, entitled Veladruas (Veils), while in Gallery 2, Lebrija will present a single, dramatic sculpture of a Bic lighter with an unceasing, eternal flame. Gallery 3 houses an installation of Lebrija’s film, Via Láctea, exploring the fluid shapes and forms of tobacco smoke while exposing underlying social and political relationships related to smoking.

Sharing the language of Mexico’s contemporary art scene, Lebrija brings a strong conceptual and poetic character to his oeuvre. In his Veladuras (Veils), paintings depict triangular overlays of thinly applied oil paint, becoming darker and more complex as each layer interacts with the other. What appears to be a simple, elegant geometric abstraction is actually a complex composition based upon the folds of a paper airplane, alluding to the lightness, ingenuity and ephemerality of this invention. By extension, the viewer can sense an existential philosophy in Lebrija’s subtle and immensely beautiful abstract paintings.

In sculpture, Lebrija is equally sensitive in the depth of his metaphors and subject matter. The new three dimensional work he has created for this show is a poignant play on the eternal flame. Part of a recurring theme with Lebrija’s work, his subject matter spans two different dimensions– first, of a poetic nature and its connection to the contemporaneous, and secondly, the philosophical meaning in relation to the greater human experience.

Gonzalo Lebrija was first featured at Kohn Gallery in the group exhibition Chingaderas Sofisticadas in 2017 as part of the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative, focusing on linkages in the art communities between Los Angeles and Latin America.

About the Artist

Gonzalo Lebrija (b. 1972, Mexico City) lives and works in Guadalajara. Gonzalo holds a BFA in Communication Sciences from the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO). Gonzalo Lebrija was co-founder and co-director of OPA, Oficina de Proyecto de Arte in Guadalajara, Mexico. He has exhibited widely across the globe, with solo exhibitions at institutions including the JUMEX Museum, Mexico City, Mexico; The National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; MAZ Zapopan Art Museum, Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, USA; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, Mexico; Tomás y Valiente Art Center, Fuenlabrada, Spain; Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France and group exhibitions including LACMA, Los Angeles, USA; JUMEX Museum, Mexico City, Mexico; Carrillo Gil Art Museum, Mexico; Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, San Francisco, USA; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Haus der Kulturen der Welt GmbH, Berlin, Germany; SDMA, San Diego, CA, USA; MCA, Denver, CO, USA; Reina Sofía Art Museum, Madrid, Spain.

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Upcoming

 

Heidi Hahn 

April 6 - May 23, 2019

Jarvis Boyland (Gallery 2 & 3)

April 6 - May 23, 2019

Maria Berrio

June 1 - July 20, 2019


Past

2018

Rosa Loy, So Near And Yet So Far
November 9, 2018 - January 9, 2019

Tony Berlant, Fast Forward
September 22 - November 3, 2018

Jess, Secret Compartments
July 21 - September 7, 2018

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Sheets
June 1 -  July 14, 2018

Mark Innerst, New Paintings
April 6 - May 24, 2018

Gesture | Form | Pop | Process
February 27 - March 29, 2018
 

2017

Engender
November 11 , 2017 - January 27, 2018

Chingaderas Sofisticadas
September 16 - November 4, 2017

Dennis Hopper, The Lost Album
July 8 - September 1, 2017

Dean Byington, Theory of Machines
May 19 - June 30, 2017

Joe Goode, Old Ideas with New Solutions
March 23 - May 13, 2017

Bruce Conner, LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS
February 9 - March 15, 2017

 

2016

Bruce Conner, A MOVIE
November 11, 2016  - February 8, 2017

John Altoon, Works From The Estate
September 16 - October 29, 2016

Ori Gersht, Floating World
July 9 - September 10, 2016

Wallace Berman, American Aleph
May 6 - June 25, 2016

Ryan McGinness, #metadata
March 19 - April 15, 2016

Dean Levin, XTC (Gallery 2 & 3)
January 16 - February 27, 2016

Lita Albuquerque, Embodiment
January 9 - February 27, 2016

2015

Simmons & Burke: Dutch Masters
November 6 - December 19, 2015

Object/Space: Robert Ryman + Giorgio Morandi
September 19 - October 31, 2015

Annette Bonnier, India's Elephants (Gallery 2)
September 19 - October 31, 2015

The West Coast Avant-Garde, 1950 - Present
July 17 - September 4, 2015


Jess's Didactic Nickelodeon and Lawrence Jordan's Collage and Film (Gallery 3)
June 6 - July 10, 2015

William Monk, The Cloud is Growing in the Trees
May 29 - July 10, 2015

Camille Rose Garcia, Mirror, Black Mirror (Gallery 3)
April 25 - May 20, 2015

Tom LaDuke, Candles and Lasers
April 11 - May 20, 2015

LAND, AIR, SEE
February 21 - April 2, 2015

Troika, Cartography of Control
January 10 - February 12, 2015

2014

Lita Albuquerque, Light Carries Information
November 15 - December 20, 2014

Bruce Conner, CROSSROADS & Works on Paper
November 8 - December 20, 2014

Eddie Martinez, Nomader
September 12 – October 25, 2014

Joe Goode, Flat Screen Nature
July 12 - August 29, 2014

Mark Ryden, The Gay 90s West
May 3 - June 28, 2014
 

2013

Ian Barry, The White, The Black, The Kestrel
July 27 - August 31, 2013

Simmons & Burke, Still Lifes & Common Names
May 10 - July 13, 2013

Opposing the Binary, Curated by Kim Light
March 15 - April 20, 2013

Into the Mystic
November 17, 2012 - January 26, 2013

2012

RETNA, New Paintings and Works on Paper
September 15 - October 27, 2012

Inter  ruption, Curated by Kim Light
July 14 – August 25, 2012

Minimalism, Not Stricly Formal
May 18 – June 30, 2012

Dennis Hollingsworth, Terrestrial
March 23 - May 4, 2012

Camille Rose Garcia Snow White
March 15 - April 14,, 2012

Rosa Loy, Convocation
January 13 - February 25, 2012

CIRCA SIXTY, BRUCE CONNER & JEAN CONNER
November 11, 2011 - January 4, 2012

2011

Bryan Ferry, Olympia
October 20 - November 4, 2011

Joe Goode, Nighttime Series 1977 -1978
September 17 – October 29, 2011

Joan Nelson, New Paintings
July 15- August 27, 2011

Ryan McGinness, Recent Paintings
May 19 - July 1, 2011

Charles Brittin, West & South
April 16 - May 14, 2011

Camille Rose Garcia, Snow White & the Black Lagoon
March 12 - April 9, 2011

Will Cotton, New Paintings
January 14 - February 26, 2011

2010

25th Anniversary Show
November 20, 2010 - January 6, 2011

Simmons & Burke, If Not Winter
September 23 - October 30, 2010

James Nares, New Paintings
July 9 - August 21, 2010

Nathan Redwood, Altered Atmospheres
March 25 - May 8, 2010

David Korty, New Paintings
January 14 - February 27, 2010

 

2009

Bruce Conner, In the 70s
November 7 - December 19, 2009

Cristof Yvoré, New Paintings
September 12 - October 24, 2009

Dark Night of the Soul: David Lynch and Danger Mouse
May 30 - July 11, 2009

Maureen Gallace, New Paintings
March 21 - May 23, 2009

She: Wallace Berman and Richard Prince
January 15 - March 7, 2009
 

2008

Darren Waterston, Aurora
November 7 - December 20, 2008

David Korty, Paintings
September 18 - November 1, 2008

Andy Warhol, Photographs
July 10 - August 22, 2008

Jean Conner, Collages
June 13 - July 19, 2008

Dennis Hollingsworth
April 18 - May 31, 2008

Daniel Chavira, Enmascarados
March 15 - April 12, 2008

Christine Nguyen
January 26 - March 1, 2008

2007

Wallace Berman, Photographs and Other Works
November 30, 2007- January 19, 2008

Bruce Conner, Punks and Dead Ashes, Eve-Ray- Forever
October 20 - November 24, 2007

Darren Waterston, Parlor
September - October, 2007

James Nares, New Paintings
July - August, 2007

Carl Andre and John McLaughlin
May 5 - June 30, 2007

Mark Ryden, The Tree Show
March 10 - April 28, 2007

Wally Hedrick, Estate Sale
January - February, 2007

2006

Matthew Brown, Preserve
October - December, 2006

Andy Warhol, Large Scale Black and White Ad Paintings
September - October, 2006

John Hawke, Supervisors
July - August, 2006

Bruce Cohen, New Paintings
June - July, 2006

Reed Danziger, New Paintings
April - June, 2006

Rough Trade
March 18 - April 22, 2006

Minimalism
January - March, 2006

2005

Will Cotton, Paintings and works on paper
November - December, 2005

England, France, Germany
September - October, 2005

Guy Limone
July - August, 2005

Mark Innerst, Paintings and works on paper
June 2005

Emily Feather and Saul Fletcher
April - May, 2005

Darren Waterston, New Paintings
February - March, 2005

Martin Assig
January 2005


2004

Cy Twombly and Jean Michel Basquiat
October - December

Katy Grannan
September - October

Penelope Gottlieb
July - August

Michael Minelli
June

Walton Ford
May

Bruce Conner
March - April

Maureen Gallace
January