Elisabeth Kley (born 1956 in New York, NY) has presented her ceramics, watercolors, drawings, and prints internationally including solo and two-person exhibitions at South Willard in Los Angeles (with Sanou Oumar; organized by Matt Connors); Window on Broad, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts in Philadelphia; Pierre Marie Giraud in Brussels; CANADA, 39 Great Jones (organized by Ugo Rondinone), and Le Petit Versailles in New York; Schema Projects and Momenta Art in Brooklyn; John Tevis Gallery in Paris; and the Georgian National Gallery in Tbilisi. Her two-person and group exhibitions include Gordon Robichaux, Mitchell Algus Gallery, Orgy Park, Regina Rex, CANADA, Andrew Edlin, Haunch of Venison, and Exit Art in New York; VENUS in Los Angeles; GAVLAK in Los Angeles and Palm Beach; Season in Seattle; Soccer Club Club in Chicago; and anonymous in Mexico City.
Kley’s work has been reviewed and featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Art in America, The Art Newspaper, zingmagazine, Artcritical, The Boston Globe, Time Out, ARTnews, Observer, and Cultured Magazine. She was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1998. In 2019, a monograph on her work was published by CANADA and Pre-Echo Press. She is represented by CANADA.
Leilah Babirye (born 1985 in Kampala, Uganda) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She studied art at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda (2007–2010) and participated in the Fire Island Artist Residency (2015). In 2018, she received asylum in the US with support from the African Services Committee and the NYC Anti-Violence Project, and presented her first solo exhibition at Gordon Robichaux in New York. In 2020, she had her first San Francisco solo exhibition at Rebecca Camacho Presents, and will present a solo exhibition at Gordon Robichaux, NY in the fall. In spring 2021, Babirye will have her first London solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery.
Otis Houston Jr. aka “Black Cherokee" (born 1954 in Greenville, SC) lives and works in East Harlem, New York. He is a self-taught artist who began making art after taking an art class while incarcerated. Since 1997, he has maintained an ongoing presence under the Triborough Bridge on the FDR Drive where he presents impromptu performances and a site-specific installation of signage and sculptures using discarded objects he collects from the street and the dumpster at his job. He also creates work in his Harlem apartment in the Taino Towers housing project—where he’s lived for the past thirty years—and in the basement of the office building where he works in Midtown Manhattan. In 2020, a profile on Houston Jr. and his art was published in Hauser & Wirth’s Ursula magazine.
Matt Connors (born 1973 in Chicago, IL) lives and works in New York and Los Angeles. Institutional exhibitions include: L'Almanach, Le Consortium, Dijon (2018); New York Painting, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2015); The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, MoMA, New York (2014) and Painter, Painter at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013); Impressionism, MoMA PS1, New York (2012), Gas... Telephone...One Hundred Thousand Rubles, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2011). In 2015, Matt Connors was a resident at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. In 2012, he published the award-winning book A Bell is a Cup.
A series of six limited run bandanas by artists—Leilah Babirye, Matt Connors, Otis Houston Jr, Elisabeth Kley, Matt Paweski, and Tabboo!—launched May 2020. Silkscreen on cotton, 22 x 22 inches.
Published by Gordon Robichaux and Post Present Medium, available here
Tabboo! (Stephen Tashjian, born 1959 in Leicester, MA) has exhibited his work extensively including at Gordon Robichaux, Participant Inc, Matthew Marks, Kasmin Gallery, the New Museum, New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, White Columns, ABC No Rio, and Artists Space in New York; the Cincinnati Art Museum; ICA Boston; Herald St and White Cube in London; Colette in Paris; and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2017, a group of his works was featured in Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York where his work is also included in the permanent collection.
Tabboo! has performed extensively, created murals for public projects, designed flyers, album covers, and ephemera (Wigstock, Deee-Lite, Book of Love). He’s illustrated for major publications (French Vogue, Italian Vogue, M, Le Magazine du Monde, Interview, Paper, Penguin Paperbacks’ The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp), flyers and posters for underground venues (Club 57, the Pyramid Club), and collaborated with fashion designers (Marc Jacobs, Supreme, Fiorucci, Willi Wear). He’s been a muse to artists and photographers including Nan Goldin, Ai Weiwei, Steven Klein, and Steven Meisel. In 2016, his celebrated collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Jacobs’s Fall collection was profiled in Harper’s Bazaar and Le Monde. Tabboo!’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Artforum, The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Magazine, the Financial Times, Cultured Magazine, ARTnews, Interview, and The Miami Herald.
Matt Paweski (born 1980 in Detroit, MI) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include: Park View/Paul Soto, Los Angeles in December 2018, Gordon Robichaux, New York, (2018, two-person with Sanou Oumar), Lulu, Mexico City (2018, two-person with Ella Kruglyanskaya); Herald St. London (2017); Matt Paweski, Ratio 3, San Francisco (2016); and New Sculpture, South Willard, Los Angeles (2015). Most recently Paweski was included in City Prince/sses at The Palais De Tokyo, Paris in 2019. In 2018 his work was included in the group exhibitions Rock, PHIL, Los Angeles; A Page From My Intimate Journal (Part I) —, Gordon Robichaux, New York; Condo, Park View/Paul Soto, hosted by Queer Thoughts, New York; and US Softcore, curated by Matt Paweski, South Willard, Los Angeles.