‘Delft Prosopon II’ 2013. Pigmented silicone on styrofoam & MDF. 19″ x 12″ x 7″
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Neal Rock: Herm 0714
July 19 – September 6, 2014
Opening Reception on July 19, 6 – 9 pm
LOUDHAILER is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist, Neal Rock. A constant in Rock’s work over the past fourteen years has been his use of silicone as a paint material, in a practice that the artist insists be viewed primarily through a lens of painting and its histories. Yet since relocating from London in 2007, Rock’s work has been significantly transformed through an engagement with a particular type of classical sculpture: the herm. Rock addresses the herm as a cultural, spatial, apotropaic object that simultaneously entertains adornment, translation and masking. In his working processes, Rock uses skins of silicone and screenprinted images, alongside found, manipulated and fabricated objects, all of which are composed together in the gallery space, as a negotiation from the studio. Rock continues to maintain and deepen his interest in the complexity of surface in painting, of shifting oscillations between opacity and transparency. An address to the body as queered, made-up, defaced, contorted, atrophied and decaying is conveyed – via the herm – through an idea of the prosthetic and the mask. These qualities and interests are not so much directly implicit as indirect, fetishized and displaced between relations of objects, surfaces and images.
Neal Rock attended Central St Martins’s School of Art in London UK, gaining an MFA in 2000. Group exhibitions include Expander The Royal Academy of Arts, London / Extreme Abstraction the Albright Knox, Buffalo NY / Landscape Confection curated by Helen Molesworth at the Wexner Centre for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio & Contemporary Art Museum Houston & Orange County Museum of Art / Can Buildings Curate Storefront for Art & Architecture NYC. Solo exhibitions include, FA Projects, London (2003) / Henry Urbach Architecture NYC (2004) / Grand Arts, Kansas City, Mo (2006) / The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK (2009) / Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2010). His work has been presented at fairs such as the Armory Show NYC, Art Basel Miami and Art Cologne. In 2007 his work was nominated for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters, UK and most recently the 2014 John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK. He is currently undertaking a PhD by practice in Painting at the RCA, London.