Jeff Gabel
The Very Best of Firmin Graf Salawàr dej Striës

Spencer Brownstone Gallery
Through Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jeff Gabel

Telegram, 2011. Graphite on paper, 9 x 6 inches

Jeff Gabel

The Very Best of Firmin Graf Salwàr dej Striës, 2012
Pencil drawing on wall, dimensions variable. Installation view

Jeff Gabel

The Very Best of Firmin Graf Salwàr dej Striës, 2012
Pencil drawing on wall, dimensions variable. Detail

Jeff Gabel

The Very Best of Firmin Graf Salwàr dej Striës, 2012
Pencil drawing on wall, dimensions variable. Detail

Jeff Gabel

Magdalena smacks Firmin in the mouth with her napkin, 2012
Pencil drawing on paper and wall

Jeff Gabel

Isonzo, 2012
Pencil drawing on paper and wall

Jeff Gabel

Holderlin, 2012
Pencil drawing on paper and wall

Jeff Gabel

Telegram, 2012
Pencil drawing on paper and wall


Spencer Brownstone is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Jeff Gabel; this is the artist's fifth solo show at the gallery. For this exhibition, Gabel will be producing a large wall drawing created in-situ at the gallery as well as a new suite of drawings on paper based on the 1935 novel, "Salwáre oder Die Magdalena von Bozen" by Carl Zuckmayer. Translated from its original German, these drawings function as a defined materialization of Gabel's limited comprehension and experience of the reading material. Gabel's translations typically attempt a relatively literal portrayal of the content, while largely ignoring editorial conventions and appropriateness of style and voice. Legitimizing this activity through his drawings, they look very much like a dream; highly detailed surreal landscapes in which the subjects and environments melt into an interwoven scene, difficult to define where something begins and ends. The drawings feel very much like the experience of explaining a dream, a moment that we can feel and perceive clearly, but are not able to express verbally.

Throughout the month of April, Gabel will be creating the large wall drawing in the gallery; visitors are welcome to come and view the daily changes of the piece as well as to observe the artist at work.

Jeff Gabel was born in Portland, Oregon raised in Decatur, Nebraska and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving his BFA from Kansas State University, he completed his MFA at the Pratt Institute, New York in 1995. Gabel's work has most recently been on view at Monanism, the opening exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana; the Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal; Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, New York; White Columns and Artist's Space, New York; and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina.

This work has been featured in GAGARIN: THE ARTIST IN THEIR OWN WORDS magazine, based in Antwerp, Belgium. For more information about GAGARIN or to buy a copy of the magazine visit, www.gagarin.be.

The gallery will open its doors to the public April 10, 2012. Visitors are welcome to come view the work in progress. For more information or images please contact the gallery.