Adam Chad Brody
Adrian Buschmann
Adrian Piper
Adrien Chevalley
Aids-3d
Alex Hubbard
Ali Kepenek
Amy Yao
BFFA3AE
Bless Oscar Magnuson Mykita
Brock Enright
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Charlotte Herzig
Chris Succo
Christine De La Garenne
Christopher Füllemann
Dan Shaw-Town
Daniel Keller
Dave Mcdermott
David Adamo
David Hendren
Davide Balula
Debora Delmar Corp.
Duncan Malashock
Ed Fornieles
Emmy Skensved
Evan Gruzis
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fritz Köthe
Gabriel Lester
George Egerton-Warburton
Gilles Furtwängler
Grit Hachmeister
Guillaume Pilet
Haley Mellin
Halina Kliem
Hans Isaksson
Hayal Pozanti
Hunter Chamberlain
Iris Touliatou
Ivan Comas
Jala Wahid
James Howard
Jan Håfström
Jason Simon
Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville
Jean-Sébastien Grégoire
Jedediah Caesar
Jen Denike
Jens Einhorn
Jim Lee
John M Armleder
Jota Castro
Judith Braun
Julia Colavita
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Langundtroia
Leonhard Hurzlmeier
Louisa Gagliardi
Lucas Jardin
Lucie Fontaine
Luke Barber-Smith
Manor Grunewald
Marc Bijl
Marcus Knupp
Margo Trushina
Marguerite Humeau
Marianne Vlaschits
Mark Titchner
Markus Amm
Marlene Stark
Matt Connors
Matthew Stone
Maximiliam Arnold
Mie Olise
Nathaniel Rackowe
Nazafarin Lotfi
Neil Beloufa
Nick Oberthaler
Nicolás Guagnini
Niels Sievers
Otto Piene
Paul Cowan
Pauline Beaudemont
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
Petros Moris
Piotr Łakomy
Rainer Ganahl
Ramaya Tegegne
Richard Frater
Rindon Johnson
Robert Powell
Roman Liška
Sarah Oppenheimer
Sebastian Black
Sebastian Lloyd Rees
Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf
Shade Therét
Shana Moulton
Shezad Dawood
Sister Corita Kent
Torben Ribe
Ulrich Erben
Vera Kox
Wyatt Kahn
Ylva Ogland
Adam Chad Brody
Adrian Buschmann
Adrian Piper
Adrien Chevalley
Aids-3d
Alex Hubbard
Ali Kepenek
Amy Yao
BFFA3AE
Bless Oscar Magnuson Mykita
Brock Enright
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Charlotte Herzig
Chris Succo
Christine De La Garenne
Christopher Füllemann
Dan Shaw-Town
Daniel Keller
Dave Mcdermott
David Adamo
David Hendren
Davide Balula
Debora Delmar Corp.
Duncan Malashock
Ed Fornieles
Emmy Skensved
Evan Gruzis
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fritz Köthe
Gabriel Lester
George Egerton-Warburton
Gilles Furtwängler
Grit Hachmeister
Guillaume Pilet
Haley Mellin
Halina Kliem
Hans Isaksson
Hayal Pozanti
Hunter Chamberlain
Iris Touliatou
Ivan Comas
Jala Wahid
James Howard
Jan Håfström
Jason Simon
Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville
Jean-Sébastien Grégoire
Jedediah Caesar
Jen Denike
Jens Einhorn
Jim Lee
John M Armleder
Jota Castro
Judith Braun
Julia Colavita
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Langundtroia
Leonhard Hurzlmeier
Louisa Gagliardi
Lucas Jardin
Lucie Fontaine
Luke Barber-Smith
Manor Grunewald
Marc Bijl
Marcus Knupp
Margo Trushina
Marguerite Humeau
Marianne Vlaschits
Mark Titchner
Markus Amm
Marlene Stark
Matt Connors
Matthew Stone
Maximiliam Arnold
Mie Olise
Nathaniel Rackowe
Nazafarin Lotfi
Neil Beloufa
Nick Oberthaler
Nicolás Guagnini
Niels Sievers
Otto Piene
Paul Cowan
Pauline Beaudemont
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
Petros Moris
Piotr Łakomy
Rainer Ganahl
Ramaya Tegegne
Richard Frater
Rindon Johnson
Robert Powell
Roman Liška
Sarah Oppenheimer
Sebastian Black
Sebastian Lloyd Rees
Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf
Shade Therét
Shana Moulton
Shezad Dawood
Sister Corita Kent
Torben Ribe
Ulrich Erben
Vera Kox
Wyatt Kahn
Ylva Ogland
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DUVE Berlin is pleased to present *Quazai*, the second Berlin solo exhibition by Evan Gruzis. As the title - a combination of the words ‘quasi’ and ‘banzai’- suggests, *Quazai* is a selection of work that emphasizes the absurd through hybridity and conceptual nuance.

Recent to Gruzis’s work is a layered process used to produce three new canvases. Starting with one of his ink paintings as a background, Gruzis collages objects onto its surface in low relief. This assemblage is photographed and printed onto canvas, which is lastly embellished with paint.

With Self-Portrait As A Self-Portrait, 2009, an explosion of paint drips, deflated balloons, cocktail accoutrements, confetti and plastic fruit are arranged into a figure. The result is a drawing-photo-painting hybrid, a mise en abyme that references Gruzis’s own oeuvre and creates a liminal territory for image and object to meet. In Geishas Of Key West, 2009, a folding fan, ribbons, flowers and an illustration from Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast Of Champions float atop an illusionistic ink painting of tile to form a concept of beauty straight out of a 1980’s hair salon. Aesthetically, these canvases call into question issues of taste and process and are absurd pseudo-paintings attempting to divorce the image from a single medium.

Gruzis’s new works on paper explore a thematic range with his high-contrast black and white style, as well as through an attenuated color palette. Conceptual Monochrome, 2009 is a Ruscha-esque text piece that states, “CLOSE YOUR EYES, PLEASE”. The overt conceptualism of this piece creates an ambiguous humor by simultaneously being a send-up of text-based art, a critical statement on contemporary aesthetics, and a self-depreciating instruction. Complementing this work is Blue Not Blew, 2009, an actual monochrome of densely layered blue ink. Setting conceptualism aside, Gruzis returns to the still life in Two Things, 2009. A dramatically rendered silhouette of a knife piercing a pineapple, here violence and beauty are evoked through two banal objects frozen in time.
Evan Gruzis, born 1979 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is living and working in New York, USA. Gruzis has finished his MFA in Combined Media at Hunter College, New York, in December 2008. Solo exhibitions by the artist have been presented at Deitch Projects, New York and Journal Gallery, New York. His works were also included in numerous group shows such as *Black Hole*, an exhibition at Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, curated by Dr. Friederike Nymphius, *Conceptual Figure* at Deitch Projects; New York and *Mail Order Monsters* at Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK. New works by the artist can be seen at *New York Minute*, a group exhibition at Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma curated by Kathy Gyrason, which will open on September 19, 2009.

Quazai opens September 11, 2009 and will be on view at DUVE Berlin (Invalidenstr. 90, 10115 Berlin) through October 17, 2009. Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M, Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 PM and by appointment. For further information give us a call at 030 77 902 302 or send us an e-mail: mail@duveberlin.com.