Joseph Geagan at Ellis King

Joseph Geagan - Delancey Headless at Dawn, 2016 (detail II)

Artist: Joseph Geagan

Exhibition title: Maiden Lane

Venue: Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland

Date: January 20 – March 4, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Ellis King, Dublin

“You know that thing when you’re driving, out of the city, and it’s as though everything goes limp except like this urge to just relinquish control and ram head first into a tree?” No, I don’t drive, don’t know how- never needed to.

There’s an intentional slovenliness to everything, like leave it to fate and see where it falls. Rawness of sensibility…willed for ignorance, sure like a gutter naïveté. “Right it’s street urchin’s caviar.”

What time is it? “We are deep. Cherry and Pike I think, ugh the sun is up.”I’m just so tired but I can’t sleep right now “Yeah, I’m very up, no sleep.”

Music in the next room, sirens’ songs of an after hours. In there, all saints and sinners coursing along on this blighted carousel, and yet there is nowhere else to be but here. 2016. 1966 or so. Shulan is still here because he lost his keys again and is babbling about how he was kidnapped by a cab driver earlier in the night. They took him to Jersey instead of China Chalet.

A girl sitting alone in the corner, everyone staring at her because she is chanting, (with perverse determination:)

“We are impermanent, we are important, we live the life you dream about!”

And we all laugh at her. Yet when walking home as dawn is breaking, my hands are shaking but my head is shining- floating stories above. There I am in plainsong chanting with her. My audience of dancing rats, flirting with the dumpster, bob along in time as though it’s their national anthem.

And when buried up to my neck, bound by silks and braids and furs and polyester, my nose and mouth stay free for the taking. Again in this same place across time, we cheer each other on with raucus applause.

Run out of the apartment because the neighbor says she is calling the police, and it’s 8 a.m, and what is wrong with us. DeSe pretends she’s very drunk because she invited people over and they were mad when they weren’t allowed in- they set off the fire alarm. Run around the corner, hiding until cabs come to take us somewhere else.

“Does that street sign still say Bowery,” Patia says it does and sings “is that all there is to the circus.”

Joseph Geagan

Joseph Geagan (b. 1987, USA) lives and works in New York, USA. Geagan is a documentarian of sorts depicting his social scene and surroundings through an analog lense. Working in both painting and sculpture, the artist’s works are intuitively handmade, yet they are, paradoxically, suited to contemporary forms of social media such as Instagram aligned to a fleeting account or record of one’s immediate social circles. The diaristic tone of his practice creates a strange intersection of autobiography and allegory. His figures transmit a wide range of characteristics; erotic, creepy, hilarious, evil, promiscuous, or incandescent. The artist has had recent solo and two person exhibitions at Romeo Gallery, New York, Bed Stuy Love Affair (with Jake Cruzen), New York, and Shoot The Lobster (with Jessi Reaves), New York. He has also recently participated in group exhibitions at Ellis King, Dublin, Lodos, Mexico City, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, and James Fuentes, New York.

Joseph Geagan - Maiden Lane - Installation View I

Joseph Geagan - Maiden Lane - Installation View II

Joseph Geagan - Maiden Lane - Installation View III

Joseph Geagan - Maiden Lane - Installation View IV

Joseph Geagan - Maiden Lane - Installation View V

Joseph Geagan - Maiden Lane - Installation View VI

Joseph Geagan - Maiden Lane - Installation View VII

Joseph Geagan - Fruit from the Gallery, 2017

Joseph Geagan, Fruit from the Gallery, 2017
Acrylic on canvas, 121.5 x 121.5 cm (48” X 48”)

Joseph Geagan - Varsity Drag, 2017

Joseph Geagan, Varsity Drag, 2017
Acrylic on canvas, 121.5 x 121.5 cm (48” X 48”)

Joseph Geagan - A Smile Today, A Tear Tomorrow, 2016

Joseph Geagan, A Smile Today a Tear Tomorrow, 2016
Acrylic on canvas, 121.5 x 121.5 cm (48” X 48”)

Joseph Geagan - The Piper Must be Paid, 2016

Joseph Geagan, The Piper Must be Paid, 2016
Acrylic on canvas, 121.5 x 121.5 cm (48” X 48”)

Joseph Geagan - A Girl's Incidentals, 2016

Joseph Geagan, A Girl’s Incidentals, 2016
Acrylic on canvas, 121.5 x 121.5 cm (48” X 48”)

Joseph Geagan - The World in Slumber, 2016

Joseph Geagan, The World in Slumber, 2016
Acrylic on canvas, 121.5 x 121.5 cm (48” X 48”)

Joseph Geagan - Who Cares I who Cares, 2017

Joseph Geagan, What Cares I Who Cares, 2017
Acrylic on canvas, 121.5 x 121.5 cm (48” X 48”)

Joseph Geagan - Hey! Mr. Swell-beau, 2016

Joseph Geagan, Hey! Mr. Swell-beau, 2016
Acrylic on canvas, 121.5 x 121.5 cm (48” X 48”)

Joseph Geagan - On The Mews, Daylight, 2017

Joseph Geagan, On The Mews, Daylight, 2017, Antique rug, chair and chandelier, vintage model bicycle with toy mouse, nylon stockings, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - On The Mews, Daylight, 2017 (detail I)

Joseph Geagan, On The Mews, Daylight, 2017, Antique rug, chair and chandelier, vintage model bicycle with toy mouse, nylon stockings, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - On The Mews, Daylight, 2017 (detail II)

Joseph Geagan, On The Mews, Daylight, 2017, Antique rug, chair and chandelier, vintage model bicycle with toy mouse, nylon stockings, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - Delancey Headless at Dawn, 2016

Joseph Geagan, Delancey Headless at Dawn, 2016, Canvas, plasticine, acrylic paint, wheat, feathers, nails, plastic bust, nylon tights, polymer fill, nightgown, antique chair, rug and chandelier, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - Delancey Headless at Dawn, 2016 (detail I)

Joseph Geagan, Delancey Headless at Dawn, 2016, Canvas, plasticine, acrylic paint, wheat, feathers, nails, plastic bust, nylon tights, polymer fill, nightgown, antique chair, rug and chandelier, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - Delancey Headless at Dawn, 2016 (detail II)

Joseph Geagan, Delancey Headless at Dawn, 2016, Canvas, plasticine, acrylic paint, wheat, feathers, nails, plastic bust, nylon tights, polymer fill, nightgown, antique chair, rug and chandelier, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - Chatham Tower _ 169 Midnight, 2016, 2016

Joseph Geagan, Chatham Tower / 169 Midnight, 2016, Canvas, plasticine, acrylic paint, feathers, nails, plastic bust, nylon tights, polymer fill, period dress, mink with glass beads, antique chair, rug and chandelier, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - Chatham Tower _ 169 Midnight, 2016, 2016 (detail I)

Joseph Geagan, Chatham Tower / 169 Midnight, 2016, Canvas, plasticine, acrylic paint, feathers, nails, plastic bust, nylon tights, polymer fill, period dress, mink with glass beads, antique chair, rug and chandelier, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - Chatham Tower _ 169 Midnight, 2016, 2016 (detail II)

Joseph Geagan, Chatham Tower / 169 Midnight, 2016, Canvas, plasticine, acrylic paint, feathers, nails, plastic bust, nylon tights, polymer fill, period dress, mink with glass beads, antique chair, rug and chandelier, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - Sheridan Square Soirée, Evening, 2016

Joseph Geagan, Sheridan Square Soirée, Evening, 2016, Teddy bear, plasticine, acrylic paint, nails, wollen socks, polymer fill, tracksuits, silk gloves, rose appliqué, antique chair, rug and chandelier, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - Sheridan Square Soirée, Evening, 2016 (detail)

Joseph Geagan, Sheridan Square Soirée, Evening, 2016, Teddy bear, plasticine, acrylic paint, nails, wollen socks, polymer fill, tracksuits, silk gloves, rose appliqué, antique chair, rug and chandelier, Dimensions variable

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