Thursday, April 18, 2019
Joseph Klibansky: Leap of Faith, 2019. Painted and polished bronze (60 cm) - Limited Edition of 20
“Joseph Klibansky is making conceptual sculpture, not Pop sculpture per se, so he operates in a discourse closer to Hirst than to Koons, but directly related to neither. I see clearly what he is saying as an individual artist, and how he is saying it, and how he evolved to this point." Peter Frank, renowned art critic.
Joseph Klibansky is an emerging artist based in Amsterdam. His work examines the relationship between a thing and its essence, between what we see and what an image implies. Using a process of figurative and abstract layering Klibanksy’s large-scale idealistic paintings explore perception by compressing time and space, resulting in something that at first appears joyous, often descending into bleak melancholy.
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.
Playing with the implication of what is seen versus what an image implies, Klibansky’s hyper-realized paintings and sculptures address phenomenology (the study of structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view) and explores realms where both utopian and dystopian truths can co-exist.
Joseph Klibansky looks on at his work: Reflection of Youth, 2018
Alongside the paintings, HOFA will be exhibiting select pieces from Klibansky’s series of bronze sculptures. These playful figures aim to represent the juxtaposition between symbol and association. In Reflections of Truth II, Pinocchio is 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 sizeable 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.
Klibansky’s works serve as portraits of an alarming utopia that may not be what it appears. Nothing should be taken at face value in his works. To tell the truth, Klibansky takes advantage of a lie.