"Storms" at GAVLAK Los Angeles through July 11, 2015

Andrew Brischler
May 29 - July 11, 2015
GAVLAK Los Angeles

GAVLAK Los Angeles proudly presents Storms, a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings by New York-based artist Andrew Brischler, and the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. This ambitious body of work is anchored by five large-scale mixed media paintings, which employ Brischler’s signature process of laboriously drawing on wood panel using colored pencil, oil stick, and acrylic. The large works are accompanied by a suite of colored pencil and graphite drawings on paper entitled “Punk & Faggotry.” This dialog that conflates high and low cultural registers spawns a visual web as the viewer traces marks and splashes, lines and colors, words and slogans, from one work to the next. A highly calculated imprecision is imbued in each waxy, frenetic surface, precise and intentionally flawed all in one gesture. 
Brischler’s works are as fresh in mood and of the moment as they are grounded in art history; formally seductive and saturated with contemporary concerns about queer identity and theory. The show’s title,Storms, is taken from Fleetwood Mac’s 1979 torch song of the same name, with lyrics that signify a deep inner turmoil. The exhibition as a whole points to the symbolic realm of homosexual representation in connection to the horror film genre, linking queer identity with the vampire, the monster, and the other. Brischler’s exploration of Pop color and form, amorphous line, and alluring text—is especially interesting for it’s critical position on American pop cultural representation and the brand of conservative American politics that raged through the 80s and 90s. Abstract Painting as such, with its history of hetero-normative clarity and cool exterior, is disturbed in bits and pieces by idiosyncrasy and the indeterminacy of both hand and word. 

Text is often synonymous with image in Brischler’s work. Even when text is not an image, it remains a crucial component, interjecting psychological dimensions such as confusion, disorientation, and humor-inflected trauma. It’s seen in lilac targets, disarmingly innocent fonts, rainbow swirls, wet splashes, and the ever-newness of a consumer high. It is embedded in what the artist describes as a “shamelessly millennial” likeability that is disrupted, upended, and unsettled by smears, tears, scribbles, and textual suggestions such as “Terror,” “Heresy,” “Nightmare,” and “Sin.”  The pleasure of the image is experienced as a loaded, intentionally tattered vanitas in a culture where a term like Conversion Therapy is a weapon and the monster is an abstraction that has the potential to exist in each of us.
Andrew Brischler was born in Long Island, NY in 1987 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  He earned his BFA in Painting and Drawing at SUNY New Paltz in 2009 and his MFA at The School of Visual Arts in 2012. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe with recent highlights that include: Re(a)d, curated by Ryan Steadman, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, 2015; The Arts Club, London, 2014; Painting: A Love Story, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 2014; 39 Great Jones, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, 2013; and I Made It Through the Wilderness, Gavlak, Palm Beach, 2013. The artist’s work has also been featured at prominent art fairs including Art Basel Miami Beach, The Armory Show, and NADA New York. His work is in the collection of The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant. Brischler has been featured in numerous publications, including 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Thames & Hudson, 2014), Modern Painters, and New American Paintings.
-Lisa Jaye Young, Ph.D.
GAVLAK is located at 1034 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For more information concerning the exhibition, please contact Tabor Story at, or (323) 467-5700

SVA Visual Arts Journal, Spring 2015 Issue

"Let Me Blow Ya Mind," is featured on the cover of the Spring 2015 issue of SVA's Visual Arts Journal, along with a spread inside.

100 Painters of Tomorrow Available Now

100 Painters of Tomorrow, an international survey of emerging painters organized by Kurt Beers and published by Thames & Hudson, is available now wherever books are sold.


I'm featured in the Paper Galleries section of Elephant Magazine, #20, Fall 2014.

Painting: A Love Story at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Painting: A Love Story
Curated by Bill Arning
part of Outside the Lines through March 23, 2014

Andrew Brischler
Joseph Cohen
Matt Connors
Keltie Ferris
Geoff Hippenstiel
Eva Lundsager
Jason Middlebrook
Sam Reveles
Cordy Ryman
Amy Sillman
Shane Tolbert
Scott Treleaven
Charline von Heyl.

CAM Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
713 284 8250

For more information click here.

"I Made it Through the Wilderness" at Gavlak Gallery

Andrew Brischler
I Made It Through the Wilderness
GAVLAK Palm Beach
November 16 - December 14, 2013

GAVLAK Palm Beach is pleased to present our second solo exhibition of New York based painter Andrew Brischler (b. New York, 1987). Included in the exhibition are five new paintings and eight small works on paper that continue Brischler's investigation into the history of abstraction. 

The exhibition "I Made it Through the Wilderness" a line from Madonna's "Like A Virgin", which like all of the paintings and drawings, takes it's title from pop music references, was created by Brischler while reading "Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz". The plight of David and his contemporaries was paramount for Brischler while making this body of work. When confronted with the blank canvas, he questioned if there is a way to make non-representational painting that delves into the gay experience. Through his paintings, Brischler is developing a language of markings, brush strokes, and gestures that represent "the bodily stains, nervous scribbles, and bizarre color combinations...meant to codify those universal feelings of shame, anxiety, inadequacy, and profound loss..." 

By taking the standard tropes of abstraction and reconstituting them onto studio-beaten up canvas, hard edged geometry, saturated bands of color, bold stripes and thick swaths of impasto paint are intentionally imperfect, messy, off center. This approach to painting when combined with the adolescent doodles and drawings randomly appearing in each canvas results in a strongly theoretical and unique form of abstraction that embraces and celebrates the "craft" of painting rather than reduce the object and medium to critique. According to Brischler "I am most interested in the moments in which even the most expertly crafted paintings begin to fall apart. You see it in the puckered corners of Warhol's massive diamond dust paintings; in the black stains of Al Held's color fields, and in the tremulous lines of Frank Stella's early shaped works. For me, these moments are revelations-real imprints of quiet humanity, tiny failures that make even the most monumental and heroic paintings seem flimsy, vulnerable..."

GAVLAK Palm Beach
249B Worth Ave
Palm Beach, FL  33480
T: 561.833.0583

Collaboration with Shinola and W Magazine

I'm thrilled to announce the launch of a special collaboration between myself and the Detroit-based luxury brand Shinola, organized by W Magazine.

On view at Shinola's flagship store at 177 Franklin Street in Tribeca in New York City is Fire in the Belly, a new large scale work created specifically for the brand.  I've also designed a limited-edition linen journal exclusively available at Shinola's NYC flagship store.

For more information:

177 Franklin Street
New York, NY  10013
(917) 728-3000

2013 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant Recipient

I'm honored to be chosen to receive a 2013 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant.  The foundation, established by New York collectors Michael and Susan Hort, awards unrestricted grants to eight emerging artists in New York City who have not yet had a solo exhibition at a commercial gallery.

To view a press release as well as see the portfolios of all eight grant recipients, click here.

ACID SUMMER @ DCKT Contemporary Opening July 10

Curated by Matthew Craven
July 11 - August 9 2013
Opening Reception: Wednesday July 10 6-8PM

DCKT Contemporary
21 Orchard St (btwn Hester & Canal)
New York, NY  10002
Summer Hours: Wed-Sun, 12N - 6PM

John Bohl
Andrew Brischler
Katie Cercone
Michael Dotson
Cody Hoyt
Jee Kim
Ben Noam
Matthew Palladino
Louis Reith
Stacey Rozich
Eric Shaw
Geoffrey Todd Smith
Vincent Troia
Russell Tyler

DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present ACID SUMMER, a group exhibition curated by Matthew Craven. ACID SUMMER brings together 14 young artists, each with a dynamic aesthetic that borders on Pop but is also central to the human experience.

New York summers are a hot, sweaty mess. A strange feeling overcomes the city as the sky turns orange and the heat takes over. Our patience is tested as our brains start to melt. This summer stare directly into the sun. Across their varied practices, this group of artists consistently draws on modes of representation and abstraction to inform their visual vocabularies. Using the language of sacred geometry, popular culture and ritual process, ACID SUMMER takes a closer look at this psychedelic world in which we live.

Liz Markus Visits the Studio for the Huffington Post

Last weekend, Liz Markus and I had a great studio visit, which she wrote about for The Huffington Post.

"39 Great Jones" Curated by Ugo Rondinone @ Galerie Eva Presenhuber

39 Great Jones
Curated by Ugo Rondinone
February 2, 2013 - March 23, 2013
Opening: February 1, 6-8PM

Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Löwenbräu-Areal, Limmatstr. 270, 8005
Zurich, Switzerland
+41 (0) 43 444 70 50

Martin Boyce
John Giorno
Wesley Martin Berg
Matteo Callegari
Wyatt Kahn
Alan Shields
Bruno Gironcoli
Ann Craven
Joyce Pensato
Josh Smith
Andrew Brischler
Giorgio Griffa
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Davis Rhodes
Ron Gorchov
Anne Chu
George Ortman
Kes Zapkus

"Goodbye To All That" at Gavlak Palm Beach through August 1, 2012

Andrew Brischler
"Goodbye To All That"
May 26-August 1, 2012
Gavlak Gallery
249B Worth Ave
Palm Beach, FL

Gavlak Gallery is please to present the first solo exhibition of New York based painter Andrew Brischler, “Goodbye to All That” as well as his first solo show with the gallery.  The title, taken from the transitional personal essay in Joan Didion's book “Slouching Toward Bethlehem” is an apt reference for this young painter's current status as a recent graduate of The School of Visual Art's MFA program.  Like Didion, Brischler's current work is exploring   the existential and at times youthful foolishness of living in New York City with reckless abandon.

In paintings such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Don't Call it A Comeback” and  “Waiting to Exhale” that take their titles from Popular culture and pop music, the histories of minimalism, abstract expressionism, and arte povera are sampled and mashed up into paintings that challenge this art history as much as embrace it.  From the bold primary colors of Ellsworth Kelly and Fontana like “wounds” punctured into the canvas to Twombly like pencil doodles Brischler 's messy paintings are like a baroque pearl in their imperfect beauty.  There is a vulnerability, longing and tenderness to works such as “Rest in Peace, Amy” which is an old, lovingly worn t-shirt , strewn with holes and dabs of paint and stretched over a found frame.  This little Rauschenberg like “combine” work is an momento mori to Amy Winehouse made the day her drug overdose was made public.

Brischler's awareness of his own place not only within the history of painting but also within gay politics and gender theory within Contemporary Art from Felix Gonzales-Torres to Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring,  and Andy Warhol may not be at first readily apparent in the work. However the use of the clichéd rainbow symbol of the LGBT,  makes an appearance in various shapes and forms that could also just as easily represent a study in color theory as much the history of Stonewall.

Andrew Brischler's work is currently on view at 39 Great Jones,  and was recently featured in the much publicized “The Virgin Show” curated by Marilyn Minter for Family Business both in New York City.

For information please contact Gavlak Gallery at 561.833.0583, or

New American Paintings #98: Northeast Edition

I've been chosen to be featured in New American Paintings #98: Northeast Edition, available January 2012.