my name is Joe Speier . I’m an artist. that lives and studies in Cincinnati, Ohio.

artist profile: Leo Gabin. He is represented by Peres Projects in Berlin, and we have very similar interests in regards to the internet and both make work in different ways about these things.

press release for one of his shows titled “whatever is clever”:
Leo Gabin takes inspiration from the proliferation of user generated media on the internet and the until now undefined space straddling the public and private realms. Themes of sex, violence and celebrity which dominate these users’ experiences are filtered though Gabin’s collage based aesthetic and confrontational means of production. Gabin captures images from their video mash ups to silkscreen onto their paintings and ultimately incorporate the acetate used to create the silkscreens in their collages and totem like sculptures.

This recyclical use of imagery and media draws on the very function of social media and the ownerless, shared content which it consists of. Created in a singular moment of violent, collaborative exertion, these works shed light on the social media space and our collective identities within it.For their first solo show at the gallery, Leo Gabin will present a new body of work consisting of paintings, collages, sculpture and video works.

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