Samuel Jablon is born in Binghamton, NY in 1986. He has been living and working in Brooklyn, NY since 2008, and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), The Queens Museum, MOCAD Detroit, Hauser & Wirth, Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Kitchen, Artists Space, with solo exhibitions at Freight + Volume (NY), Arts + Leisure (NY), and Diane Rosenstein (LA). His work has been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Art in America, ARTnews, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Interview Magazine, and others.


First a poet, but very early on exposed to painting by his artist mother, Jablon has created a universe centered around words laid down on colored canvases. Every work is a snapshot of a poem he has either written or imagined. Jablon takes from his everyday experiences in NYC as his inspiration. Words overheard in the subway, glimpsed on an advertisement, or simply thought of on his daily walks, end up creat- ing a statement then transported onto his various sized canvases in a whirlwind of variating colors. The only spot of monochrome color in his studio is his fully black working outfit. An abstract, almost expressionist, background is first applied to ev- ery work, creating a basis on which to calligraphy the letters of the chosen phrase that will be applied by the artist. The chosen sentence can be a direct reflection to a recent experience, to Jablon's current mood or simply of a three-week brainstorm- ing process.

The most striking aspect to Jablon's work is the duality and binary element to the universality of the English language paired with the rootedness of the words often unique to a New York City experi- ence. Even in the technique a confron- tation exists: the intellectuality of the words, so thought out, is confronted by a raw, more instantaneous, painting tech- nique by applying layers of acrylic and oil paint in random bigger brushstrokes pow- ered by intuition.

Many artists, especially in the second half of the 20 th century have experienced with the

concept of directly writing on the canvas: Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Christopher Wool, On Kawara, Ed Ruscha, Richard Prince, Jonathan Meese, Glenn Ligon...often influenced by the abstract expressionist developments of the post-war artistic landscape. Jablon's work creates a dialogue with the experiments of such artists, personalizing them with his own poetical language. The result is a unique experience for the viewer who gets caught in the limbo between paint and poem.