January 8 - 31, 2016
Curated by Samuel Draxler for La MaMa Galleria
La MaMa Galleria is pleased to present Unwelcome Guest, the first solo show of New York-based artist Zach Bruder. These new works riff variously on still lives, figuration, and landscape, employing a bold, graphic sensibility in portraying aspects of Americana: its domestic architecture, its art history, its myths. As reinterpretations of traditional painterly genres, the works explore each subject as a recursive entity that sprawls outwards or collapses into itself. Unwelcome Guest, as a title, refers to this transitory nature of American life, where both images and people are swept up in their own rise and fall. In a complementary fashion, the title also refers to the show's function as a backdrop for an evening of performances on January 31st, with a group of artists invited to perform works around the exhibition's themes of repetition and circularity.
Zach Bruder was born in 1984 and lives and works in New York. Recent group exhibitions include We agreed the paler tones would make a more subtle statement, curated by Dmitry Komis for Ida Schmid (Brooklyn, NY); Salon Society Edition 2, curated by Fabiola Alondra for Salon Society (Brooklyn, NY); Drift and Pop, curated by Olivia Smith for Orgy Park (Brooklyn, NY); There is no Fact of the Matter as to Whether or not P at 247365 (New York, NY), and Object of Magic, curated by Eneas Capalbo for Moiety (Brooklyn, NY). Bruder received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006.