Leo Gabin Whatever Is Clever

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April 27 – June 23, 2012

Peres Projects – Grosse Hamburger Strasse, 17 – Berlin

On the occasion of Berlin Gallery Weekend 2012 Peres Projects  is very proud to present  Whatever is Clever, a solo  exhibition by Belgium  based Leo  Gabin. Leo Gabin (Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem and Robin De Vooght) have worked as a collective since the early  2000′s  in  media  such as video, painting, drawing  and sculpture  and  have taught as a collective at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent where they received their Fine Art degrees.

Leo Gabin take inspiration from the proliferation of user generated media on the internet and the until now undefined space straddling the public and private realms. Themes of sex, violence and celebrity which dominate these users’ experiences are filtered though Gabin’s collage based aesthetic and confrontational  means of production. 

Gabin captures  images from their video mash ups to silkscreen onto their paintings and ultimately incorporate the acetate used to create the silkscreens in their collages and totem like sculptures.

This recyclical use of imagery and media draws on the very function of social media and  the  ownerless, shared content which it consists of  Created in a singular moment of violent, collaborative exertion, these works shed light on the social media space and our collective identities  within it. For their first solo show at the gallery, Leo Gabin will present a new body of work consisting of paintings, collages, sculpture and video works.

Image above: Leo Gabin, 31 Flavors – 2011, painting – acrylic, spray paint, printed paper, glue and silkscreen on board, 75 x 55 cm

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Leo Gabin

Cousin Sega, 2011

painting – acrilic on board

75 x 55 cm

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Leo Gabin

Tracks on Making – 2011,

painting – acrylic, spray paint and silkscreen on board

75 x 55 cm

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Leo Gabin

Juice Flag – 2012

painting – lacquer, spray paint, acrylic and silkscreen on canvas

200 x 145 cm

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Leo Gabin

Okay with me- 2012

painting – acrylic, spray paint and silkscreen on board

80 x 59 cm

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Leo Gabin

pancake brawl at Denni’s- 2012

painting -lacquer, spray paint, acrylic and silkscreen on board

210 x 160 cm

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Leo Gabin

scrapping after drillin- 2012

painting -lacquer, spray paint, acrylic and silkscreen on board

210 x 160 cm

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Leo Gabin

a must lie situation- 2012

painting -lacquer, spray paint, acrylic and silkscreen on board

220 x 160 cm

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Leo Gabin

got bandz- 2012

painting -lacquer, spray paint, acrylic and silkscreen on board

220 x 160 cm

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Leo Gabin

Street turns into strip club with naked girl wallin out on top of a car then gets knocked out  twice  by a dude, 2011

sculpture – mix media

185 x 40 cm

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Leo Gabin

drink it up, 2012

sculpture – mix media

222 x 53 x 42 cm

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Leo Gabin

laugh, love, dream, 2012

sculpture – mix media

169 x 70 x 75 cm

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Leo Gabin

65 collage, 2012

collage in 65 parts, photocopy, tape, plastic, transparency film, acrylic and spraypaint

42 x 30 cm

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Leo Gabin

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Leo Gabin

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Leo Gabin

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Credit the images as: Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin.