Angell Gallery

20th anniversary

The Sky Has Fallen

Greg Haberny

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Carnival of Souls, 2015
Burnt wax crayons, house paint, wood, ash, porcelain, mounted on wood in custom artist frame
45" x 61" x 6"

Fresh from his installation of a dystopian shooting gallery in Banksy’s infamous Dismaland, Greg Haberny brings his wittily provocative vision to Angell Gallery in Toronto.

Haberny’s art is controlled chaos, a mindful mess designed to evoke the frenzied pace of contemporary mass culture. While inspired by Abstract Expressionism, CoBrA, Conceptual Art, Pop Art and Graffiti Art, among others, Haberny refuses to be boxed in. “I attempt to be defined by nothing and to defy everything,” says the artist.

Although Haberny professes no allegiance to a particular style or medium, his subject matter can be broadly categorized as a critique of contemporary American culture. “I look at details,” says Haberny, who finds inspiration in the distressed pockets of the city. Detritus he collects from the streets of New York are added to a materials bank comprised of “just about anything that I can get my hands on.”  The mélange may include spray paint, oils, watercolors, enamel car paints, acrylics, glass, shredded plastic, wire, dirt and found objects ranging from junk shop finds to vintage ads to pop culture kitsch to crayons.

These Haberny variously cuts up, grinds, scrapes or breaks, then works into densely packed compositions that are a dark mirror of the underside of fast-paced consumer culture and the media barrage that assails us daily. Individual works are integrated into an installation context, analogous to scenes in a movie, an approach reflecting Haberny’s background in acting and filmmaking.

Haberny’s sardonic sensibility caught the eye of notorious artist/agent provocateur Banksy, who included Haberny in his 2010 Marks and Stencils pop up shop in Soho, NYC. Banksy describes his 2015 extravaganza, Dismaland, as “a showcase for the best artists I could imagine,” so Haberny’s inclusion in this internationally recognized art installation is a significant mark in this dynamic young artist’s career.

Greg Haberny graduated from the University of Connecticut and received his Master's degree in Media Studies/Film from Sacred Heart University. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions internationally, and he has been represented by Pictures On Walls (POW), Woolf Gallery and Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London, England, and Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Lyons Wier Gallery and Ethan Cohen in New York City. Haberny’s work has been also sold at Phillips de Pury and Christie’s auction houses and he is represented in numerous private collections.

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Greg Haberny
Fire Bucket, 2015
House Paint, ash, tin, wood mounted on wood, mounted in vintage frame
34" x 30" x 21" (sold)
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Greg Haberny
Owl, 2015
Construction paper, pot & pan, wood, burnt crayon, house paint, on canvas mounted on wood, ash from artist's burnt previous paintings, house paint, dirt, tin, porcelain, burnt wax crayon, on wood, mounted in custom artist frame
45" x 32" x 7"
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Greg Haberny
Compass, 2015
Ash from artist's burnt previous paintings, house paint, dirt, burnt wax crayon, on canvas, mounted in custom artist frame
74" x 58" x 4"
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Greg Haberny
Black Box, 2015
Ash from artist's burnt previous paintings, house paint, on canvas mounted on wood; mounted in custom artist black box
12" x 9" x 4"
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Greg Haberny
F-356, 2015
Ash from artist's burnt previous paintings, house paint, metal, on canvas mounted wood, mounted in custom artist frame
31" x 27" x 4"
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Greg Haberny
Match, 2015
Carved wood, house paint, on canvas mounted wood, mounted in custom artist frame
21" x 16" x 4"
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Greg Haberny
Ash Tree, 2015
Ash from artist's burnt previous paintings, house paint, oil paint, dirt, burnt wax crayon, on paper mounted on canvas mounted on wood, in custom artist frame
13" x 10" x 3" (sold)
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Greg Haberny
Sky, 2015
Burnt wax crayons, house paint, on canvas mounted on wood, mounted custom artist frame
63" x 66" x 4"
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Greg Haberny
Hi-Lo
Plastic balls, dirt, house paint, burnt wax crayon, wood arrow, mounted on wood in custom artist frame
12" x 9" x 6" (sold)
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Greg Haberny
Toast, 2015
Toaster, wood arrows, on table cloth, mounted on wood in recycled wood frame
27" x 22" x 17"
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Greg Haberny
Wax
Gaffer tape, house paint, on canvas mounted on wood, mounted in custom artist frame
37" x 28" x 3" (sold)
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Greg Haberny
Reincarnation , 2015
Wood; house paint, pastel and charcoal, on canvas mounted on wood, mounted in custom artist frame
29" x 22" x 7"
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Greg Haberny
Weston, 2015
Ash from artist's burnt previous paintings, house paint, dirt, burnt wax crayon, canvas mounted on wood, mounted in custom artist frame
43" x 59" x 4" (sold)
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Greg Haberny
Light Fuse and Get Away
Burnt wax crayon, explosives, string, tennis ball, dirt, house paint, on canvas, mounted in custom artist frame
11" x 9" x 4" (sold)
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Greg Haberny
Hole in the Sky
Ash from artist's burnt previous paintings, house paint, on canvas mounted on wood, mounted in custom artist frame
45" x 52" x 3" (sold)
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Greg Haberny: The Sky Has Fallen
Installation Shot
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Greg Haberny: The Sky Has Fallen
Installation Shot
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1444 Dupont St., Unit 15
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