Thursday, April 26, 2012

Leviathan Installation Views

Leviathan is open at Lesley Heller Workspace (54 Orchard St)  until May 25th. Go check it out!  And thanks to everyone who made it out in the storm on opening night!   

For press release and thank yous, scroll to bottom of entry
For drawing images and details, see former blog posts here, herehere and here.  

Installation photos by Kitty Joe Sainte-Marie:

 bumper sticker by the amazing Allison Hester

Jade Townsend’s new body of work, Leviathan, assembles an absurd and fragmented narrative. As told by an amalgam of outcasts – the rebel, the orphan, the mystic – a coalescing set of stories manifests as a sculptural passageway through which to pass and return. Similar to his past mixed media sculptures and installations that critique and intensify tragic sociopolitical realities, Leviathan layers multiple myths and allegories, along with their archetypal characters, to pursue the conflicting destinations of contentment and rebellion. Whether or not such a goal is achievable is of little concern. Rather, as Townsend has continued exorcise in his work, it is the failure to see what is given up as we seek what we wish to gain. “Now, from this peculiar sideway position of the whale's eyes, it is plain that he can never see an object which is exactly ahead, no more than he can one exactly astern.” Moby Dick In Townsend’s account, the inevitable blind spot of futile pursuits is reified in the gallery as an abandoned commercial box truck. Entered through the rear of its empty corpus and delivered to the decapitated head, the everyday Leviathan is simultaneously the whale and the ship that sought its demise. As it lies in state, the delivery truck serves as a prop of triumph and defeat. Surrounded by drawn imagery of misguided rebels, reckless strivers and their delusional conquests and superstitions, the gutted beast foretells their fate. Unable to see what is in front of them, the vision-impaired Ahab, Sisyphus, and the tarot reader mingle together, each interrupting the others’ tales of implacable affliction and curse. 

Jade Townsend lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent shows include 'New Image Sculpture' at the McNay Museum in San Antonio, TX and 'Drawn to You' at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen, DK. He is currently working on a collaborative exhibition with William Powhida in Denmark.

A very special thank you to:

Lesley Heller and John Baber at Lesley Heller Workspace
Eric Patton
Lisa Schroeder
Lynn Sullivan
Luc Birebent & Jenny Taylor at CFL Art Services
Jeff Wood

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Leviathan, Installation View
(photo: Kitty Joe Sainte-Marie)

Exhibition opening tonight April the 22nd 6-8pm
Lesley Heller Workspace
            Lesley Heller Workspace       
   54 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002        
                   t: 212 410 6120

Jade Townsend: Leviathan

April 22 - May 25, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 22, 6-8pm

Leviathan, 2012, graphite, charcoal, oil pastel, 
Prisma Color and ink on paper, 42" x 48"

Friday, April 6, 2012

Exactly Ahead, Exactly Astern

Exactly Ahead, Exactly Astern
Charcoal, graphite, Prisma color and ink on paper
36" x 27"

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Great Amazing Absurdity

The Great Amazing Absurdity
Graphite, charcoal, Prisma color and ink on paper
37" x 33"