Punk Waffel Remix 2021
Punk Waffel Remix 2021
Paintings by Chris Bors and Joe Waks
Curated by Brian Leo
June 28 - September 24, 2021
IFAC is pleased to present an exhibition of 26 paintings by artists, Chris Bors and Joe Waks. The two-person show entitled, Punk Waffel Remix will be on display on the 2nd and 3rd floors at 85 Delancey Street in New York. Bors and Waks (along with anyone born before 1985) are from the last generation to remember life before the internet. A world where information, entertainment and modes of communication were vastly limited. Bors and Waks appropriate their imagery from pre-internet America. Waks recontextualizes 1970s newspaper advertisements, while Bors repurposes hardcore punk band logos from the 1980s. Each work is charged with symbolic meaning, which may prompt some viewers to google some obscure punk bands or politically incorrect, vintage ads to gain some additional insight into American Identity. The bold graphics and text in their works are contrasted with painterly drips and heavy texturing. The palettes from each artist’s work complements each other. Waks’ sepia tones displayed next to Bors’ vivid, Day-Glo colors embellish and reflect eras of America.
Chris Bors was born in Ithaca, New York and received his MFA from School of Visual Arts. Solo shows include Randall Scott Projects in Washington, D.C. and ADO Projects in New York City. His art has also been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Freight+Volume, Arts+Leisure, Kustera Projects, White Columns, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, Casino Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Bahnwarterhaus in Esslingen, Germany, and Bongoût in Berlin. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Time Out New York, and the Brooklyn Rail, and featured in Vogue Italia, K48, and zingmagazine.
Waks has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. In 2015, he was a visiting artist at Lafayette College’s Experimental Printmaking Institute. Waks was a 2012 Printmaking Center of New Jersey Fellow and a 2008 New Jersey Print Fellow at Rutgers’ Brodsky Center. His works are in the collections of several corporations, museums and colleges. Waks has also been painting murals and producing short videos, expanding the boundaries of his practice. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times and the Newark Star-Ledger.
Bors and Waks will be available for appointments while the show is on view allowing visitors to dive deeper into a dialogue with the artists at IFAC located at The Yard: Lower East Side.
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