July 16, 2013 (New York, NY) — Garis & Hahn Gallery is pleased to present Image-Painting-
Text, a group exhibition featuring new works by Samuel Stabler and William Buchina with
writing by Kyle Kouri, who collaborated in curating with Max Teicher. Image-Painting-Text
presents an interdisciplinary dialogue between mediums, exploring the complex structuralism
behind viewing and appreciating works of art.
Building upon the theory of structuralism, as developed by Roland Barthes, Image-Painting-Text
examines the systems of interpretation that take place throughout the lifetime of an artwork,
from the creative process to the viewing experience. As an experiment for the show, Stabler and
Buchina each exchanged five images—ranging from cult science fiction film stills to old
photographs unearthed from library archives—and created two new paintings inspired by this
source material. Adding a third perspective, writer Kouri shared five images with the artists and
contributed a text that will appear in vinyl on the gallery walls.
This exhibition will present new additions to Stabler’s neon painting series and cutout series, as
well as his latest cutout works, which combine elements of his earlier works to dramatic effect.
Extracting images from myriad sources, Buchina grounds figures in surreal landscapes or
arranges them hovering stunningly atop color planes. This will be the first time Buchina’s India
ink paintings will be featured in New York. Together, with Kouri, these two artists converge to
examine disparate modes of image making, uncovering the interrelation of mediums to reveal
the systems that inform visual culture.
About the Artists
Samuel Stabler graduated with a BFA in Drawing from the University of Georgia in 2007 then
continued to get his MFA at St. Martin’s School of Art and Design in 2010. Over the past five
years, he has shown nationally and internationally in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
William Buchina graduated with a BFA in communications design from Pratt Institute in 2001.
After extensive travelling in Europe and the far east, Buchina settled in Istanbul and founded the
art magazine, That Magazine in 2009. He has been painting since then and moved back to
New York in 2011.
Kyle Kouri is a writer, collector, curator, and independent art dealer living in New York. Using
writing as his medium, he has collaborated with numerous artists and is currently working on his
first novel. He grew up in Connecticut and Los Angeles and graduated from Sarah Lawrence
College in 2012.
About the Curator
Max Teicher has worked in the art world for the past 9 years, the past five working for Gagosian
Gallery in Manhattan. Independently, Max has collaborated with numerous artists and
organizations on exhibitions, articles, and projects. This is the fourth exhibition Max has curated
with Samuel Stabler and his first curated show with William Buchina. Max graduated Sarah
Lawrence college with a focus in painting.
About Garis & Hahn
Garis & Hahn is a gallery-cum-Kunsthalle that mounts exhibitions focused on conceptual
narratives and relevant conversations in contemporary art. By displaying an array of carefully
curated artists, the gallery endeavors to provide accessibility, education, awareness, and a
market to the art while engaging both the arts community and a broader general audience.