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Sloppy Practice

Sloppy Practice , 2014 - Leo Gabin


about this work

As with many of Leo Gabin's work, found footage lays at the basis of this print. Sloppy Practice (2014) is inspired by a still from Leo Gabin’s own Girls Room Dance, a film made up entirely of YouTube clips of scantily clad teenage girls booty dancing in the privacy of their parents house.

about Leo Gabin

(°2000 - BE), artist trio living and working in Ghent (BE)

Leo Gabin is Gaëtan Begerem (°1979), Lieven Deconinck (°1978) and Robin De Vooght (°1980); they work collectively together since 2000. In their artistic practice they investigate how online filters and interpretations shape the contemporary visual culture, and how this in turn is influenced by the ubiquitous American pop culture. Leo Gabin relies largely on archival footage they find online - which they abstract, distort, and recycle into new configurations.

Leo Gabin takes inspiration from the internet's proliferation of media images, particularly the wealth of information that uncomfortably straddles the private and public realm. From this never-ending morass, the collective harvests content. The work and methodology implicitly explores the transience and capriciousness that underpins youth culture.

Not limiting their practice to one medium Leo Gabin's approach is indicative of a media savvy generation. Traditional barriers between mediums are broken down as they work across video, digital media, print, sculpture, painting and collage. Leo Gabin pushes romantic notions of artistic inspiration aside and creates works that use aggregated social media content to provoke the imagination. In doing so, the works that emerge expose the often unsavory nature of the content that our colleagues, friends and teenagers are openly putting online.

Leo Gabin has had solo exhibitions, amongst others at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; Peres Projects, Berlin, Elizabeth Dee, New York; VNH Gallery, Paris; Kunstraum Muenchen, Munich; White Cube, London and Atlanta Contemporary.

Their work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Museum M Woods, Beijing, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona; Photo Museum FoMU, Antwerp; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt.

Leo Gabin is represented by the following galleries;
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Peres Projects, Berlin

VNH Gallery, Paris

Elisabeth Dee Gallery, New York

 

You can also see and read more about Leo Gabin on the artist's own website

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