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Lovers at Large is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Sammy Binkow

Sammy Binkow Dancers, 2021 Acrylic and oil on plastic and wood 73h x 43w in 185.42h x 109.22w cm
Sammy Binkow Dancers, 2021 Acrylic and oil on plastic and wood 73h x 43w in 185.42h x 109.22w cm

Lovers at Large is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Sammy Binkow in his first exhibition with Simchowitz.

A San Fernando Valley native, Sammy Binkow was raised by a game show-producing father and an art-teaching mother. Watching his family take ideas from the breakfast table and turn them into polished television productions (Sammy’s sister is in the game show industry as well) sparked Binkow’s creative instinct at a young age. He sought out advice from his mother, who pointed him down the long road of art history and introduced him to a canon of painters and sculptors. If a game show and art-teaching household wasn’t a recipe to begin making art, it would be all the stranger.

Sammy Binkow Springtime Flingtime, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas 48h x 48w in 121.92h x 121.92w cm

Sammy Binkow works between painting, sculpture, and textile in his highly iconographic, iterative practice. Binkow’s vocabulary is all to his own, incorporating text and loopy figuration into maplike compositions. His confessional paintings (which shakily remind the viewer, to “be cool,” and say “sorry”) are beguiling for their homespun feel and the consistency between works – regardless of medium. Binkow’s prints have even appeared as costuming for Post Malone and Portugal. The Man, the artist bringing his Stuart Davis-influenced patterns to the stage. Binkow seems to have an infinite amount to share with the viewer, his compositions responding gracefully between large and small paintings, costume, animation, and sculpture.

Sammy Binkow You + Me, 2022 Acrylic and oil on plastic and wood 89h x 46w in 226.06h x 116.84w cm
Sammy Binkow You + Me, 2022 Acrylic and oil on plastic and wood 89h x 46w in 226.06h x 116.84w cm

Through his most recent sculptural work, Binkow has pushed his aesthetic to consider the human form and heartfelt depictions of love and acceptance. These wall sculptures warp his penchant for text into scrawled handwriting, echoing the prodigious scribes of outsider art and bathroom stall graffiti. Figures entangle – dog-eared tattoos and smashed sneaker logos mesh with the lighthearted touch of collage to form these dazzling life-size figures.

As multiple bodies intertwine, it’s clear Binkow is interested in differentiation: how language, text, and people are subtly, infinitely, different. Sammy Binkow is based in Los Angeles.

Sammy Binkow Lovers at Large Jun 16th – Jul 7th, 2022
opening reception Thursday, June 16th from 5pm – 7pm Simchowitz DTLA  725 East Washington Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90021

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