James Ulmer “Painting Pictures”

The Hole

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The Hole presents its first solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist James Ulmer. Color block paintings of his unique world have been featured in many of our group exhibitions in past. For the first time now we devote our full attention to this intriguing artist. With a concurrent solo show at Marvin Gardens in Brooklyn and a newly released book, this will be a chance for us to get to know James Ulmer’s work in depth.

With notes of pop and improvisational energy, Ulmer’s paintings of people, animals, fruit bowls and landscapes are sure to please. They have a rudimentary vocabulary that is simple and universal, and an economy of form that cuts away the excess and exposes the root. They have the detachment of Donald Baechler or Baldessari, the “wrongness” of Japanese punk styles, and a hint of inspiration from John Wesley in the repeated forms and comic orientation. Certainly the boxy figures, like the above, evoke both children’s toys and high fashion. Blending childlike elements and sophisticated, minimalist restraint, the paintings have an interesting resonance and style not easy to place.

With fourteen paintings and twenty works on paper, we can see Ulmer’s ideas take shape through the interaction between line and shape, outline and fill. His second show opens at Marvin Gardens this Saturday October 16th, at 1532 Decatur Street in Ridgewood, Queens. His new catalogue will be available at the opening, and the artist will be present. Ulmer has shown with Carl Kostyal and V1 Gallery, Jeffrey Deitch and The Pit, and recently completed a residency in London with PM/AM. His next solo show will be with V1 gallery in January 2022.



from October 14, 2021 to November 14, 2021

Opening Reception on 2021-10-14 from 18:00 to 20:00


James Ulmer

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