Where The Hell Is Babylon

Zach Reini

November 13 — December 26, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, November 13, 2015 | 6-9PM

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<p><span class="name">Zach Reini</span><br><em>...The Less You Get</em><span class='media'>Latex on canvas, cut</span>18 x 18 in (45.7 x 45.7 cm)<br>2015<br></p>
<p><span class="name">Zach Reini</span><br><em>D.F.T.S. (Tangled Up)</em><span class='media'>Latex on canvas, cut, grommets, carabiner, cap gun key chains</span>53.3 x 35.6cm | 21 x 14in<br>2015<br></p>
<p><span class="name">Zach Reini</span><br><em>Untitled Crucifix (Power Is Power)</em><span class='media'>Bleach, dental floss, safety pins, canvas patches on denim</span>76 x 54 in (193 x 137.2 cm)<br>2015<br></p>
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Zach Reini
...The Less You GetLatex on canvas, cut18 x 18 in (45.7 x 45.7 cm)
2015

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Zach Reini
D.F.T.S. (Tangled Up)Latex on canvas, cut, grommets, carabiner, cap gun key chains53.3 x 35.6cm | 21 x 14in
2015

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Zach Reini
Untitled Crucifix (Power Is Power)Bleach, dental floss, safety pins, canvas patches on denim76 x 54 in (193 x 137.2 cm)
2015

The metropolis is used to conquest. For its people of a hundred overthrown nations, revolution simply marks another shift in fashion . Still, the invaders must dance…



Trashfires burn outside the gates as studded leather and denim clad bodies slam against each other in the night to strange music. Sewn on slogans and icons identify individual tribes gathered to jeer at mom and dad cowering behind the city walls. As day breaks the horde rushes in to kill your idols. Man defeats man. God subjugates god. Symbol overtakes symbol. Calvin is pissing on the temple steps. Mickey and Minnie have left the building.

But what if the city hasn’t fallen? Has never fallen. As the black flag goes up, a heathen notices the door to the master bedroom left open. There is a mirror beside the wardrobe. Tattooed fingers caress a silk tie as a dog collar falls carelessly to the floor. The takeover has begun. Things progressively become more important: the house, the car, the kids. Trim the lawn, buy a home entertainment center, pay into a 401k, build walls to protect it all. One evening one of the old patrician couples stops by for a cocktail in pre-ripped jeans and new matching leather belts gleaming with metal studs. It turns out it was just a minor threat after all. Welcome to Babylon.



Gildar Gallery is pleased to present Where the Hell is Babylon a new solo exhibition by the artist Zach Reini running from November 13 - December 26, 2015. Reini’s artwork has gained notoriety for engaging with a visual archive comprised of recycled cultural and commercial symbols that have broken from their historical origins. These floating signifiers find themselves in a constant cycle of appropriation and re-appropriation, resurfacing across time and geography often with completely transformed meanings in each context. Reini exploits this open field with a wry sense of humor to create objects at once familiar to many contexts, yet particular to none. Reini's artwork has been exhibited at NADA in New York and Miami and was identified by Artsy as one of 11 works to see in 2014. He recently exhibited his works at Stems gallery Brussels and Castor Gallery in New York. He has previously exhibited works at LVL3 in Chicago, as well as NAM Projects in Milan. Reini was most recently featured in the exhibition Thief Among Thieves at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.















 

Selected Works

  • Zach Reini
    ...The Less You GetLatex on canvas, cut18 x 18 in (45.7 x 45.7 cm)
    2015

  • Zach Reini
    D.F.T.S. (Tangled Up)Latex on canvas, cut, grommets, carabiner, cap gun key chains53.3 x 35.6cm | 21 x 14in
    2015

  • Zach Reini
    Untitled Crucifix (Power Is Power)Bleach, dental floss, safety pins, canvas patches on denim76 x 54 in (193 x 137.2 cm)
    2015