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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. References to sex, violence and celebrity, nestle among a canny social critique that manifests through an aesthetic that combines the influence of the street art they were exposed to as teens with a consciousness of art world trends.

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. Their influences collide and fashion spreads become quasi-expressionist paintings, trashy headlines parade across canvases and 'It Girls' appear to mutate into sculptures.

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. Their latest solo exhibitions were held at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; Museo di Capodimonte, Naples; White Cube, London and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt.

Leo Gabin’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Venus Over Manhattan, New York; Paradise Row, London; Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona; Photo Museum FoMU, Antwerp; Elisabeth Dee Galllery, New York; Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels; and The Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center in Athens.

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

Elisabeth Dee Gallery, New York

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