Vaughn Spann

Smoke Signals


Press release

Almine Rech Brussels is pleased to announce Smoke Signals, Vaughn Spann’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. On this occasion, the artist will present a selection of abstract paintings never before exhibited. The exhibition will be on view from September 3 to October 10, 2020.

It would be an understatement to claim that Vaughn Spann’s work focuses on the politics of living in this current day and age. Their relatability and sincerity bridges the gap between artist and viewer so uniquely, so purposefully, that to encounter the work is to have a collective experience. His bodies of work are known to mine the histories of art, activism, contemporary life, and social practice. Spann’s paintings—which vary from abstract to figurative—reflect upon the way in which these contemporary topics relate to one another, how they are inextricably linked. The use of both abstract and figurative imagery is not only a nod to the history of art but a purposeful reference to the haziness of memory. These works function as a self-exploration of time and space, childhood influences, and impactful imagery. Despite their ability to relate to the viewer almost instantly, these works are fundamentally personal. The link between the relatable and Spann’s own memory creates a profound statement concerning human experience and an emphasis on the commonalities we share.