ELBOW - TOE | Liner Notes Catalog, 2014

Printed Matter Specs:
5.125” x 8.5”
76 pages
Cover: Paperback
Binding: perfect
Edition: 200 $50
Special Edition: 10 $250

This catalog was produced in conjunction with ELBOW - TOE Liner Notes at R.JAMPOL PROJECT(s) in New York, NY. A special edition of 10 catalogs include an original drawing insert and are signed by the artist.

Edition Discontinued. Available for viewing upon request at the Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

R.Jampol Project(s) presented an exhibition of work by artist Brian Adam Douglas also known as ELBOW-TOE. The exhibition “Liner Notes” was curated by curator Amy Young and on view from Friday, October 17 – Sunday, November 2, 2014. 

“I have always found the subway to be one of the most private places in the city. In a town that is always on the move, the trains provide a brief reprieve from the hustle and bustle on the surface.”

The subway is a place where one can collectively let their guard down and for ELBOW-TOE a platform to explore psychological drawing. He uses time on the train to push form, using distortion and exaggeration to reveal the inner character sensed in the person sitting directly across from him. ELBOW-TOE finds that working in such an intimate space requires a huge amount of focus for the pen to flow and that this vulnerability allows greater empathy for the subject that he will draw.

The artist labels drawing as an act of sincerity, and to carry the intimacy of a sketchbook out into the open, with all its foibles is in fact refreshing. It was this sentiment that prompted him to begin translating these drawings onto doors around the city. “Liner Notes” presents sketchbooks that span from early in his street art career to present day alongside objects that serve as architectural surfaces for renditions of some of these studies and musings. A catalog will be released in conjunction with the opening featuring the words of Hrag Vartanian that reflects the survey of work presented.

Raised in Texas and a graduate of School of Visual Arts in New York, Brian Adam Douglas is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist whose practice ranges from monumental woodcuts to stencils and large scale drawings to collage. Douglas has gained international recognition for his street art which he executes under the moniker ELBOW-TOE. His improvisational roots that he developed working in the streets have carried over into his gallery work — densely packed, cryptic figurative works made entirely of paper.

ELBOW-TOE’s solo show “Due Date” exhibited first at the Warrington Museum in the UK and then moved to Black Rat Projects in London. In 2011 Drago published the catalogue “Paper Cuts” about Douglas’ work and practice. In September of 2013 the artist presented his critically acclaimed show, “How To Disappear Completely” at Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York City.

Curator Amy L. Young, an artist, is a lecturer of Art History at City College of New York. She was a director at Robert Miller Gallery, NY from 1998-2013.

Hrag Vartanian is cofounder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the world’s leading forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today. He writes and lectures regularly about contemporary art, performance, multiculturalism, politics, the internet, literature, and visual culture.