“After Yesterday Before Tomorrow,” Monaco, St. Louis, MO Press Release 2017 “Windows,” Nohra Haime Gallery, New York “Autorretratos Ciegos,” NH Galería, Cartagena
"New Place, New Space," Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
Gregg Louis is a multidisciplinary artist born in St. Louis, Missouri and based in Brooklyn, New York. His works, in diverse formats, investigate fundamental philosophical quandaries with a great sense of playfulness and humor. Aspects of his work often revolve around perception, existentialism, and the construction and destruction of belief systems.
Louis’ sculptural work uses the objet trouvé, or found object, as a jumping off point. Meditating on our perceptions of everyday life, he often incorporates wigs, light bulbs, TV antennas, kitchenware, and other domestic objects to create uncanny forms. Through a process of alterations, sometimes violent, Louis twists elements and iconography from modern and pop culture, distorting their significance. He invites the viewer to perceive and interpret each work as simultaneously strange yet familiar.
Louis uses similar concepts in his images, performances and video works. Centering alternately in the body and the mind, he investigates how we understand the world we live in through games, repetitive actions and visual illusions. He introduces the role of psychoanalysis in the assimilation of images and perception of objects, frequently moving towards the absurdity of human behavior.
Gregg Louis earned his B.F.A at Missouri State University and his M.A. at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He has received several grants and scholarships, as well as references to his work in important publications. He has had solo exhibitions at Nohra Haime Gallery, New York (2011, 2013), Atrium Gallery, St. Louis (2011), and Hotel Maria Kapel, Netherlands (2011), and participated in group shows like Salon 94 x The Smile Face Museum (2014), Bibbidi–Bobbidi–Boo, HERE Center for the Performing Arts, New York (2014), Doing Easy, Los Caminos Gallery, St. Louis (2011), Life In A Peaceful New World, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn (2011), I’m OK, You’re OK, Concertina Gallery, Chicago (2010), A New Currency curated by Dan Cameron, 55 Delancey Street, New York (2009).