It’s been a busy year for Brooklyn-based artist Kon Trubkovich. He released his first monograph, published by Osmos Books in September at NY Art Book Fair, opened a show last month at UNITED ARTISTS, Ltd. in Marfa, Texas and will open his next show, titled House of the Rising Sun, at OHWOW Gallery on January 17th, 2015. This will be Trubkovich’s second show with the gallery and will consist of all new works including six Ronald Reagan paintings and a five-channel video with the exhibition’s namesake.
His work, historically reverent in his forthcoming show, focuses on dissecting a moment and utilizing individual “placeholders” to physically reduce the distance to particular memories or other sourced material. There is no denying the nostalgia in his work created through both the physical and abstract properties of each medium. Surreal and trance-like, the subject matter is difficult to shake and is thought-provoking, eliciting a viewer connection through this use of empathetic tension.
He often creates this by humanizing a figure or object, in the past using his mother, wife and even snow. In his forthcoming body of work he focuses on Ronald Reagan during a pivotal moment in history, his Brandenburg Gate speech. For these paintings he pulls from one second of footage where he then extracts multiple frames. This curated selection of frames is then translated into paintings. Each painting represents a “physical index of time.” Reagan serves as a relic and, indirectly, a self-portrait for Trubkovich.
Through self-expression, Trubkovich’s work presents an exploration into individual memories and their manifestations. The work provokes simplistic feelings of forgetting and remembering and the agents that allow entry into these portals.
House of the Rising Sun will be on view at OWOW Gallery, 937 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069, Jan 17 to Feb 14, 2015.