Devin Troy Strother

Space Jam

Jan 10 — Feb 14, 2015
New York, Downtown

Marlborough is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist, Devin Troy Strother. For his second show with the gallery, Strother will present new large scale paintings and sculptures. The exhibition’s title, Space Jam is taken from the hit 1996 film starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Toons. Conceptually Strother looked towards Space Jam as a sentiment, a film he grew up with, but also a play on words: “space” in relation to being challenged with Marlborough's large space, and “jam” as a verb meaning to do something quickly, art and growth in this case. The galleries will be paved with three different floors, two replicating proper basketball courts, and one of stock carpet depicting outer space, typically for outfitting movie theaters or children’s daycares. The paintings and sculptures further Strother’s existent artistic lexicon, which challenges stereotypes, and points to pop culture and art history.

Strother explores the idea of basketball not necessarily as a sport or form entertainment, but rather an aesthetic: the hats and trading cards that have hologram stickers, the flags that are strewn about a stadium, the souvenir cups that visitors take with them. 

Strother’s new paintings continue to depict basketball players and portraits paired with hilarious and sharp titles. In this new body of work, he has incorporated holograms, gradients and impasto paint depicting faces and figures. With titles referencing contemporary artists such as Rob Pruitt, Cory Arcangel and Lynda Benglis as well as historical painters such as Barnett Newman, Joan Miro and Jackson Pollock, the artist pays homage to those who are before him while incorporating his personal aesthetics and evolving their inspiration on his work. He includes his name in the titles side by side to these artists, providing the audience with an anchor to the past but a porthole into the most current. The paintings are personal, Strother incorporates humor and language relevant to his peers and does not shy from the outrageous.

Works

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Installation View. Photo: Bill Orcutt.
Strother, we won nigga we won (nigga, we actually lost, again), 2014, polyethylene vinyl flags on vinyl tarp stretched, 120 x 66 x 2 in. 304.8 x 167.64 x 5.08 cm
"we won nigga we won" (nigga ,we actually lost, again), 2014, polyethylene vinyl flags on vinyl tarp stretched, 120 × 66 × 2 in., 304.8 × 167.6 × 5.1 cm
Strother, we won nigga we won (nigga, come on, look around, ain't nobody smiling), 2014, polyethylene vinyl flags on vinyl tarp stretched, 120 x 66 x 2 in. 304.8 x 167.64 x 5.08 cm
"we won nigga we won" (nigga, come on, look around, ain't nobody smiling), 2014, polyethylene vinyl flags on vinyl tarp, stretched, 120 × 66 × 2 in., 304.8 × 167.6 × 5.1 cm
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Installation View. Photo: Bill Orcutt.
Strother, we won nigga we won (nigga, we never even scored), 2014, polyethylene vinyl flags on vinyl tarp stretched, 120 x 66 x 2 in. 304.8 x 167.64 x 5.08 cm
"we won nigga, we won" (nigga, we never even scored), 2014, polyethylene vinyl flags on vinyl tarp, stretched, 120 × 66 × 2 in., 304.8 × 167.6 × 5.1 cm
Strother, i got a barnett newman all over my holograms (view 1), 2014, hologram mylar, mounted on acrylic sheet, poly glue, water based vinyl paint, 48 x 72 in. 121.92 x 182.88 cm
I got a Barnett Newman all over my holograms (view 1), 2014, hologram mylar, mounted on acrylic sheet, poly-glue, water based vinyl paint, 48 × 72 in., 121.9 × 182.9 cm
Strother, devin troy strother x rob pruitt x cory arcangel x walead beshty x a sad face x 3 michael jordans, 2014, ink jet, air brush, acrylic, oil varnish, painted paper on birch panel, 96 x 72 x 2 in. 243.84 x 182.88 x 5.08 cm
Devin Troy Strother x Rob Pruitt x Cory Arcangel x Walead Beshty x A Sad Face x 3 Michael Jordans, 2014, ink jet, air brush, acrylic, oil varnish, painted paper on birch panel, 96 × 72 × 2 in., 243.8 × 182.9 × 5.1 cm
Strother, i got 7 michael jordan's and a jackson pollock all over my brand new holograms (view 1), 2014, hologram mylar, mounted on acrylic sheet, poly glue, water based vinyl paint, 72 x 96 x 2 in. 182.88 x 243.84 x 5.08 cm
I got 7 Michael Jordan's and a Jackson Pollock all over my brand new holograms, 2014, hologram mylar, mounted on acrylic sheet, poly-glue, water based vinyl paint, 72 × 96 × 2 in., 182.9 × 243.8 × 5.1 cm
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Installation View. Photo: Bill Orcutt.
Strother, just put a lil paint on the top of it (jasper johns and bunch of niggas in space), 2014, automotive paint and acrylic on birch panel, 108 x 60 x 2 in. 274.32 x 152.4 x 5.08 cm
"just put a lil paint on the top of it" (jasper johns and bunch of niggas in space), 2014, automotive paint and acrylic on birch panel, 108 × 60 × 2 in., 274.3 × 152.4 × 5.1 cm
Strother, when the lights go out in the africa (light a match and smile nigga, there's paint everywhere), 2014, automotive paint and acrylic on birch panel, 108 x 60 x 2 in. 274.32 x 152.4 x 5.08 cm
"When the lights go out in the africa" (light a match and smile nigga, there's paint everywhere), 2014, automotive paint and acrylic on birch panel, 108 × 60 × 2 in., 274.3 × 152.4 × 5.1 cm
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Installation View. Photo: Bill Orcutt.
Strother, i got a kelley walker all over my mj's (air walker part.2) the problem continues, 2014, ink jet, air brush, acrylic, oil varnish, painted paper on birch panel, 60 x 72 x 2 in. 152.4 x 182.88 x 5.08 cm
I got a Kelley Walker all over my MJ's (air walker part.2) "the problem continues", 2014, ink jet, air brush, acrylic, oil varnish, painted paper on birch panel, 72 × 60 × 2 in., 182.9 × 152.4 × 5.1 cm
Strother, just a bunch of niggas in space reedited (tell that nigga michael, he better clean up his mess, nigga got paint everywhere), 2014, automotive paint and acrylic on birch panel
"just a bunch of niggas in space" reedited (tell that nigga michael, he better clean up his mess, nigga got paint everywhere), 2014, automotive paint and acrylic on birch panel, 70 × 60 × 2 in., 177.8 × 152.4 × 5.1 cm
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Installation View. Photo: Bill Orcutt.