DUO, A Group Exhibition Curated by Raul Barquet to Open at Harman Projects

 

 

 

Zebu, Untitled (Plant), 2021. Image courtesy of the Artist and Harman Projects

It’s a long-held belief that artists work in solitude, but the truth is art is rarely, if ever created in a vacuum. Focusing on artists who choose to create their work in tandem, DUO at Harman Projects features a global array of artist duos, emphasizing how collaboration shapes contemporary art practices. Encompassing a number of relationships, from partners to twins, and stylistic influences, from Spanish street art to German design, the artist pairs in DUO complicate the widespread idea of lone artistic genius.

SNIK, Morning Light (yellow), 2024. Image courtesy of the Artist and Harman Projects.

Mixing fine art and alternative materials, duos Saman & Sasan Oskouei and Skewville make thoughtful, provocative work by leaning into the connotations of objects and contexts we see every day. To address social and political issues, Iranian brothers Saman and Sasan have taken notes from activists, employing stencils and screenprints while also creating site specific works out of chain link fence and other industrial materials. New York-based twins Ad and Droo of Skewville attempt to transform the urban landscape around them through their unique brand of sign-making as well as their iconic wooden sneakers, injecting bits of nearly imperceptible art into the everyday. Twosomes PichiAvo and SNIK come together to blend street art style with fine art sensibilities. Spanish artists PichiAvo have grown their careers together under one name, becoming recognized for their signature murals and canvas works that layer graffiti burners, throw-ups, and tags with realistic representations of sculptures from Classical Antiquity. Artist pair SNIK combines their respective male and female perspectives to create haunting forms of portraiture rendered through hand-cut stencils and aerosol paints.

Yok & Sheryl, Banana Friends. Image courtesy of the Artist and Harman Projects.

KeFe, Yok & Sheryo, and Zebu demonstrate how big our imaginations can be when we put our heads together. Wife and husband Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock join their contrasting individual painting styles in KeFe to create fantastical, gyrating depictions of sirens, plants, and cartoon characters. Meanwhile, Yok & Sheryo’s synthesized works are loud and vibrant, depicting equally fantastical scenes of time-traveling dragons, smoking bananas, or squawking snake-ducks, all seemingly pulled from a deep collective subconscious. The unified practice of Lynn Lehmann and Dennis Gärtner in Zebu falls into order rather than chaos, their rich and colorful compositions featuring plants, animals, and houses offering a refuge through their balance, poise, and measure.

Saman & Sasan Oskouel, Study of Forms II, 2024. Image courtesy of the Artists and Harman Projects.

DUO, a group exhibition curated by Raul Barquet, will be on view from March 2 through March 23, 2024 at Harman Projects, 54 Ludlow Street, NYC. An Opening Reception will be held on March 2nd from 6-8pm.

About the Gallery ~ Harman Projects was founded in 2022 by curator and gallerist Ken Harman Hashimoto. Our goal is to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment to foster a community of likeminded artists, collectors, and art lovers in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and beyond. The focus at Harman Projects is broad but lies mainly in the New Contemporary genre, encompassing historical movements such as New York City graffiti and SoCal pop- surrealism alongside contemporary schools of art such as Bay Area abstracted realism, International muralism and Japanese-inspired SuperFlat.