Joel Dean, Initial R and the Transformative Power of Symbolism in Storytelling, 2022
Joel Dean’s paintings examine the stability of culturally fixed signs and symbols. In his series Initials A through Z and the Transformative Power of Symbolism in Storytelling, Dean uses alphabetical characters as a point of departure for intricate, fantastical panoramas. Beginning with initials as a familiar strategy of signification, Dean densely populates these archetypal origins with personal symbology and serpentine narratives, eluding a unilateral reading.
Joel Dean (b. 1986, Atlanta) lives and works in New York. His first show with Derosia will open November 4, 2022. Other recent solo exhibitions include Bel Ami, Los Angeles (2021); Prairie, Chicago (2019); Cordova, Barcelona (2019); and Interstate Projects, Brooklyn (2018). Selected recent group exhibitions include Someday, New York (2021); Annex de Odelon, New York (2021); P.P.O.W, New York (2020); Bodega (Derosia), New York (2020); Tatjana Peters, Ghent (2020); Gern en Regalia, New York (2019); MX Gallery, New York (2019, 2018).
Joel Dean, Initials A through Z and the Transformative Power of Symbolism in Storytelling, Bel Ami, Los Angeles, 2021, Installation view
Joel Dean, Initial D and the Transformative Power of Symbolism in Storytelling, 2021
Joel Dean, Path Morphology and Core Individuation in Centrifugal Expansion Models (Enterprise), 2018
Carlos Reyes, La Casa de Oro y Celulares, 2022
Carlos Reyes’ work explores ephemeral phenomena—breath, wind, heat, light, time—as they are imprinted onto material sites and objects, his projects cataloging pregnant indices of human activity. His works on view at Paris Internationale are new iterations of an ongoing series comprising used jewelry store displays, bleached by sunlight save the shadows that index their former wares. Sourced from sites such as New York’s Canal Street, and titled for the stores from which they come (Sarah and La Casa de Oro y Celulares), the series refers to social landscapes as sites of exchange and interaction become increasingly virtual.
Carlos Reyes (b. 1977, Chicago) lives and works between New York and Puerto Rico. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal (2022); Soft Opening, London (2021); Waldo, Searsport, ME (2020); Bodega (Derosia), New York (2018); Vie d’Ange, Montreal (2018); Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris (2017), among others. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at venues including Winter Street, Edgartown, MA (2022); Theta, New York (2022); P.P.O.W., New York (2021); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2020); Bodega (Derosia), New York (2020); Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal (2020); Societé, Berlin (2018); The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. Venice (2018), and more. His work is in the collection of Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Carlos Reyes, Promesa, 2021 (Installation view)
Carlos Reyes, 7129619 (1), 2018
Carlos Reyes, 7269 (I), 2017