May 30th – July 3rd, 2013

Longhouse Projects is very pleased to present Hot House, a group exhibition comprised of Tisch Abelow, Seth Alverson, Ivin Ballen, and Ariel Dill.

“Hot House” is a bebop standard made famous by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in the early 1950s. The 50s are an era that many Americans have placed in a saccharine time capsule, where World Wars were in the past and a prosperous suburban life was seen to be in the near future, creating a new ideology based around conformity. The Civil Rights and Counter Culture movements that spawned in opposition made for hot houses, indeed. This was the beginning of a shift in Modernism.

At this point, the art world has its own specific nostalgic history and this has seemed to forever include a healthy skepticism of moralism, ever since Greenberg’s skewed idealistic notions of conformity. Though, this skepticism has recently transformed into a somewhat aloof translation of irony. Within this evolution, many artists have stepped out and stirred a soft rebellion toward expectations. This often has resulted in works that have become described as ‘modest,’ ‘humble,’ ‘abject’, ‘non-objective,’ or ‘provisional.’

The four artists presented here have sidestepped and/or shuffled these expectations. Their paintings are seductive and deceiving, but they do not ask, “What is enough?” Instead, they ask, “What is this?” In doing so, they firm up this recent ‘soft rebellion’ and resuscitate suspicion and criticality. However, the real complication derives from their complicated comfort in superficiality—each of these painters, simultaneously revel in vicissitude and beauty, offering both a single and a flipside.

Tisch Abelow lives and works in New York, NY. She received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007. Recent exhibitions include group shows at Shoot The Lobster (New York, NY) and Minus Space (Brooklyn, NY).

Seth Alverson lives and works in Houston, TX. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. He has had three solo exhibitions at Art Palace in Houston, as well as group exhibitions at major Texas institutions.

Ivin Ballen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006. He has had solo shows at Winkleman Gallery (New York, NY) and Susanne Hilberry Gallery (Detroit, MI) and has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe.

Ariel Dill lives and works in Queens, NY. She received an MFA from Hunter College in 2006. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Southfirst (Brooklyn, NY), and group shows at Halsey McKay (East Hampton, NY) and 247365 (Brooklyn, NY).