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Modern Country

Alan Prazniak

April 23

Alan Prazniak, Olive, 2020
Alan Prazniak, Ring Them Bells, 2020
Alan Prazniak, Bad Water, 2020
Alan Prazniak, Scholar's Rock, 2020
Alan Prazniak, Pisces Moon, or I've Been Told, 2020
Alan Prazniak, Shining Rock, 2020
Alan Prazniak, Coca-Cola and Red Wine, 2020

Press Release


Modern Country is a virtual solo exhibition by Alan Prazniak at Geary.


Geary’s online initiative opened on Tuesday, April 21, and will continue through the reopening of the gallery’s physical space on the Bowery in New York City. Prazniak’s statement on Modern Country follows:


This was a year of travel and change, so I had the idea to use those experiences to make a picture album. The project, I thought, was a simple way to stitch together color and place. But thoughts and things drift into the studio to lead and mislead, and there’s a complex freedom in that powerlessness. As I acted on simpler impulses the rules loosened and the scope of the album broadened. 


Drawing has always been my base camp, and it became the central language of the paintings, in some cases even dictating the content. I felt that travel, record-keeping, touch, pressure, wind, were all forms of drawing guiding an experiment in genre. 


And I was listening to a lot of Emmylou Harris.


Alan Prazniak (b. 1985) was raised on a horse farm in rural Pennsylvania, where his formative years were spent navigating the idyllic landscapes of the Delaware Water Gap. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art and his MFA from Rutgers. He lives and works in Brooklyn but remembers the countryside fondly and visits often. Prazniak has exhibited at Green Gallery, Fisher Parrish, Crush Curatorial,5 Car Garage, and Projet Pangee, among others. Alan Prazniak is represented by Geary.