| September 6 – October 5, 2013
Friday, Sept 6th, 6-8pm
[New York, NY] Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to present "Burn All Crayons" by Greg Haberny.
In a nutshell, "Burn All Crayons" is the artist’s first-hand account of the over medication of our youth. Drawing upon his childhood experiences with dyslexia and ADHA, "Burn All Crayons" exemplifies and amplifies Haberny’s concerns about society’s preoccupation and over-zealous practice of prescribing pills as the panacea. "Burn All Crayons" is an unapologetic assault on the educational, medical and pharmaceutical industries. It grapples with how these industries inundate us with their advertising and marketing and ‘quick-fix’ prescriptions to feed their billion dollar empires.
Haberny continues to utilize his no holds barred sensory over-loaded installation schema to convey a very personal, truthful and sometimes painful glimpse into his personal struggles. "Burn All Crayons" epitomizes the diagnostic impact of his own childhood and conveys a thought provoking dialogue that has a profoundly comedic overture bordering the absurd. Haberny states, "All through my formative years I was either misdiagnosed by doctors and/or dismissed by my teachers. They [the teachers] had no idea what to do with me… I was often told to just go draw." Although this apathetic practice worked well for Greg’s artistic journey, there are millions of people who have not been so lucky.
We could write for days on the arguments for and against the aforementioned industries. We are certain that we would not have to mine too deep amongst ourselves to write first hand accounts of friends and family that battle prescription drug issues every day. Therefore, we simply invite you in to be ‘consumed’ by "Burn All Crayons" and leave with your own diagnosis about the world we live in.
Greg Haberny’s installations have been exhibited at international art fairs such as Volta New York, ArtMRKT Hamptons, NY, Scope Basel, Switzerland, Aqua Miami, FL, Art Palm Beach, FL, Dallas Art Fair, TX, Art Toronto, Canada, and Fountain Art Fair, New York and has participated in numerous gallery shows in New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Tokyo. Museum and institutional exhibitions include The Peekskill Project V at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA), Peekskill, NY, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, Katonah Museum of Art (Triennial), Katonah, NY and Bedford Historical Society, Bedford, NY. His work has been reviewed by publications such as Artforum, Artnet, Nylon, Juxtapoz, The Miami New Times, Whitehot, among others. Greg Haberny lives and works in New York City.
|Greg Haberny, "Burn All Crayons," 2013, Mixed media on wood, 12 x 11 in
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542 West 24th Street, New York, 10011
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11am- 6pm