Adam Handler: Ghost Poems
Adam Handler is a New York-based artist, popular for his childlike paintings of ghosts and other monsters. On March 3rd, 2022, Guy Hepner Editions & The TAX Collection are pleased to present Ghost Poems – a solo exhibition by Adam Handler. The series features Handler’s usual characters with the introduction of new text and storylines.
Handler’s paintings are primitive by design. He cites one of his main motivators is to paint something his son admires and would be proud of. The playful scenes and rudimentary style make each painting feel approachable and nostalgic of childhood. The ghosts themselves are suggestive of characters from retro video games such as Pacman or Super Mario. Handler explains, “I want people to feel happy, to feel comforted, to put a smile on their face.”
The 15 works on canvas serve as an introduction into Hander’s world, with UFO abductions, monster takedowns, and apologetic aliens. Handler keeps the scenes optimistic with vivid colors and the comforting presence of his ghosts.
While everyone may be familiar with ghost stories, Ghost Poems shows the apparitions in a different light. His ghost paintings and 40 works on paper gives each character their own unique backdrop and endearing message. With the use of text, Handler creates an intimate experience for the viewer and allows them to form their own relationship with the pieces. Ghosts become more human and Handler’s cosmic universe feels that much closer to Earth.
Join us for the opening reception of Ghost Poems on Thursday, March 3rd, from 6pm – 8pm. The full exhibition catalog is available upon request.
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