September 23rd- October 10th, 2021
231 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Chase Contemporary is pleased to announce its first exhibition with Brooklyn-based artist Logan Sylve. The show presents a selection of small-scale figurative drawings and large paintings on canvas. Evoking the mood of comic and underground culture, Sylve’s playful compositions address what it means to be human. Marking the artist’s first solo show in New York, Looking Forward To will be on view from September 23rd through October 10th at 231 10th Ave.
Sylve’s work explores transitional states through the study of living and non-living forms. Human, animal, and spectral beings exist in solitude and together, conveying the complexity of human behavior and connection. Often frenetic, the figures encapsulate the cycle of life through motion - to be alive - and stillness - death - as well as the in-between.
Recognized for recurring motifs of teeth, eyes, and grinning characters, Sylve blends elements of surrealism, expressionism, illustration and animation in his prolific oeuvre using paint, ink, pencil, and sgraffito. The style incorporates elements of classical Western American imagery and animated cartoons, while staying true to anatomical structure. His visual cues to pop culture allow viewers to find their own point of reference.
Sylve concentrates his choice of color palette to evoke certain moods, depicting figures in earthen tones, gray-scale, blues and reds. His “Pink” series focuses on retreat and metamorphosis. Figures shed their skin, revealing their skeletal selves and innermost form. The attention to anatomy reveals Sylve’s intense study and dedication to his craft. It also exposes the fetishization of certain body parts in Western culture, imploring the viewer to question their own relationship with their body and environment.
Logan Sylve (b. 1995, New Orleans) is a New York-based American contemporary painter and illustrator. Growing up in Louisiana, Sylve began creating art at an early age. Entirely self-taught, Sylve has amassed a large international following of loyal fans and collectors. Sylve read comics such as “Wolverine” and “The Maxx,” finding inspiration in the visual dialogue of comic book art. Sylve lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.