Sean Kelly is delighted to announce a solo presentation of new paintings adapted to the site of New York artist Landon Metz, created especially for The Art Show. In his practice, Metz continues to develop a language of refinement by reduction, eliminating the inessential in search of the fundamental. Breaking down the distinctions between foreground and background, subject and object, his lyrical abstractions – in which the pigment is slowly and methodically absorbed into the canvas in prescribed patterns – are the product of careful synthesis which considers not only the production of the work, but also the way in which it is presented and received.
Describing his process, Metz observed: “I like to think of the object of the painting as a form in the world, so it has a sense of physical self. We can separate this object from its environment, it has an autonomous physical nature. For The Art Show, Metz will create a series of individual but interdependent works that engage rhythm and repetition to respond to the architecture and structure of our stand.
At the end of November, Sean Kelly and Hatje Cantz will publish the first monograph devoted to the work of Landon Metz, with essays by Christopher Schreck and Alex Bacon. The full-color hardcover book will examine Metz’s career trajectory since 2014.
Metz’s work has featured in numerous solo exhibitions internationally, in Norway, Italy, UK, Sweden, Denmark and Canada. In 2014, he was artist in residence at the DNA Collection in Bolzano, Italy. In 2018, Metz was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museo Pietro Canonica in Rome. Metz was recently featured in the group exhibitions Blue., At the Nassau County Museum of Art in New York, and Greffes, curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto at the Villa Medici in Rome. Metz was born in Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives and works in New York City.
For more information on Landon Metz, visit skny.com