Gouache on canvas
9 x 12 in
‘Landings’ is a presentation of works made in 2020 and 2021 by Al Svoboda. They are paintings floating through the studio to find a place to stick, some with aggressive personalities and others with light tenuity, becoming members of a larger constellation. There is a malleable and shifting, secret distance between painting and stapling, removing and moving, fixing and seeing; as if a conversation could be edited again and again, ultimately left inconclusive and open ended. There is a dot and a marking, crushed rubbing, in a field, soundtrack of place, soundtrack of time, think you are seeing something, center of your stomach or center of a pit, transformation, passive prediction, friction and force, patina and scrap.
Al Svoboda (*1991) grew up in Syracuse, New York, a post-industrial city in central New York State. He received his BFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University and went on to participate in a formative guest residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany in 2013, culminating in an exhibition in the same city. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation of paintings at 57W57 Arts in New York City (2021) and participation in group shows in London (2021) and Karlsruhe, Germany (2022). Svoboda lives and works in New York City.