Submission
Zack Rafuls

LONG TIME LISTENER FIRST TIME CALLER

Marvin Gardens presents Brooklyn-based artist Zack Rafuls' New York solo debut.


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Installation view
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Zack Rafuls, Blue Star (Hearing & Feeling) 2020 Inkjet print, collage, industrial adhesive, plexiglass, acrylic, wood, and artists’ tape 16.25 x 11.25 x 2 inches
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Zack Rafuls, Cave Painting 2016-2022 Collage, artists’ tape, acrylic, powdered graphite, newsprint, PVC panel, epoxy clay, & wood 34 x 24 x 2 inches
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Zack Rafuls, Tondo (Crabs) 2021 Steel pot, epoxy resin, horseshoe crabs, sleeping pills, & saw blade 18 x 8.5 x 6 inches
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Zack Rafuls, Gone From My Sight 2020 Acrylic and graphite on paper 24 x 18 inches
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Zack Rafuls, Frankenstein 2020 Colored pencil on hand-embossed paper 24 x 18 inches
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Zack Rafuls, Moby Dick 2020 Colored pencil on hand-embossed paper 24 x 18 inches
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Zack Rafuls, A Programmed Text 2021 Acrylic and colored pencil on paper 24 x 18 inches
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Zack Rafuls, Weapons of War 2020 Toothbrushes, cement, & collage on book cover 12 x 10 x 10 inches
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Zack Rafuls, Tondo (Mask Play) 2020 Frying pan, epoxy resin, found photograph, keys, & petrified wood 17.75 x 9.25 x 3 inches
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Zack Rafuls, WXYZ 2020-2022 Graphite and inkjet print collage on paper Set of 4, each 24 x 18 inches
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Zack Rafuls, Landscape 2020 Collage, mat board, ink, powdered graphite, acrylic sheet, tape, and nails on wood 14.5 x 22.5 x 1 inches

Zack Rafuls
LONG TIME LISTENER FIRST TIME CALLER

Marvin Gardens, Queens NYC
March 11th – April 10th, 2022

Marvin Gardens is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of Brooklyn based artist Zack Rafuls. What seems at first glance an evenly-paced installation, soon turns into a complex journey through sensitive and nuanced details in image and material. Rafuls’ materials are sui generis, and New York City offers a Babylonian library of found material. Thrift store frying pans full of disparate detritus suspended like insects in amber or Mandarin oranges floating in an aspic mold. Found toothbrushes bound together in cement align to stare at an image of a Brueghel folded into one corner, and gaze at a magnificent explosion in another, like captive audiences forced to stand and consider notions of the sublime.
Rafuls’ dimensional objects (even when they’re flat) are always in conversation with his enticing two-dimensional source material and inspirations. He includes landscape, still life, photography and literature, abstraction, conceptualism, and referents from High Modernism to cave painting. Puncturing and subtracting or piling and compiling his surfaces, whether composition books screen-printed on wood, (recalling again the artist’s sketchbooks), or adding deceptively lush layers of tinted Styrofoam, simultaneously reproving Duchamp’s goof that there is no such thing as a law of chance.
Often coupling ideas, sometimes twice, pairing, and multiplying, Rafuls’ works keep themselves company by being deeply personal. There is gravity, sadness and humanity in the way he looks at the world. His two suites of drawings both contain imagery directly related to recent losses. Rubbings from books in his father’s library, who passed away from cancer in 2020. Another drawing repeats a photograph taken in the kitchen of a recently deceased friend’s childhood home; a ceramic handprint from kindergarten, lovingly maintained on his grieving mother’s refrigerator. That hand signifies so empathically the one thing we didn’t know we could miss so much: a simple human connection. Sometimes it remains elusive.

Marvin Gardens is open Sundays 1-5pm and by appointment.
To schedule an appointment please email: info@marvin-gardens.org
Visit us at:
1540 Decatur Street Ridgewood, NY 11385 marvin-gardens.org