For Immediate Release (01/13/2016):
Gus Powell: The Lonely Ones
A solo show
January 13 – February 27, 2016.
The exhibition will open with a reception on Wednesday, January 13 from 6-8 pm.
Inspired by the great cartoonist William Steig and his classic book from 1942, The Lonely Ones (which pairs Steig’s line-drawn characters with simple one-liners of dialogue), Gus Powell made his own version of “The Lonely Ones” (J&L Books) featuring captioned color photographs inhabited by people, animals and inanimate characters.
In Powell’s first solo exhibition at the Sasha Wolf Gallery, The Lonely Ones is presented as an installation of color photographs and letterpress text. Powell, who is best known for his poetic and kinetic street pictures, and for the humorous images he has made for The New Yorker, brings the same sensibility and vision to this exhibition. Gracefully moving from humor to beauty to pathos, these images and their one-liners cumulatively build into a powerful visual and emotional experience, both playful and profound.