Benrimon Contemporary showcases Trey Speegle’s It’s Later Than You Think at Townhouse 11/29-12/1/10

Trey Speegle
It’s Later than You Think
Benrimon Contemporary at Townhouse
November 29th, 2010 – December 1st, 2010
Townhouse Hotel
150 20th Street at Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Benrimon Contemporary is pleased to announce the exhibition of a new large work by the New York artist, Trey Speegle during Art Basel Miami Beach this year. The mural will be on display Monday November 29th through Wednesday December 1st at the Townhouse Hotel, which is located at 150 20th Street at Collins Avenue in Miami Beach just adjacent to the Convention Center. Speegle’s 8 ½ x 18 foot mural was inspired by a 1950’s vintage paint-by-number panel of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and features the words:

It’s Later Than You Think

This large-scale piece is created in the same style of his most recent paintings, where the line work of the image is redrawn, screen printed onto the canvas, text blocked out, and a reinterpreted 40-color palette is applied. Speegle uses open ended phrases that leave the interpretation up to the viewer, allowing for a personal reading of the work. The juxtaposition of the image and words also exposes the ready-made quality of the work, urging the viewer to examine preconceived notions of kitsch, commercialism and what constitutes fine art. Speegle explores themes of hope, love, longing and loss by using affirmations, double entrendre, and word play that resonate with a broad Pop appeal.

Speegle was recently tapped by Anthropologie to apply his work to a variety of home goods such as rugs, wallpaper, plates, pillows and bedding. Last October, Speegle created an 18 x 32 foot mural backdrop for Stella McCartney’s Paris runway show. Most recently, his works on paper can be found in Jonathan Adler boutiques across the country and online.

Speegle lives and works in New York’s Meatpacking District and in a converted barn in the Catskill Mountains upstate. His next solo exhibition, “It’s Not About You” will open at Benrimon Contemporary on February 3, 2011.

More pieces by Speegle will be displayed throughout the hotel with works from Simon Patterson, Shay Kun, Changha Hwang, Amanda Burnham, Dimitri Kozyrev and Yoram Wolberger, who are also represented by Benrimon Contemporary.