About the Gallery
Off Paradise is a gallery located on Walker Street founded by Natacha Polaert in the fall of 2019. The name evokes the old neighborhood of Five Points, at the center of which was a small, triangular park, full of hopes and grime, called Paradise Square. It also invokes Paradise Alley, the artists’ and poets’ colony on the then-godforsaken corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street that is referenced in Jack Kerouac’s novel The Subterraneans. Off Paradise is a fictional place, right off Paradise, adjacent to it, but not exactly it.
About the presentation
Off Paradise will debut Maximilian Schubert’s new series of works, Untitled (Smoke), at Independent New York. These luminous hybrids of painting and sculpture appear as canvases but are in fact cast urethane resin objects. There is no paint on the surface, only on their trompe l’oeil sides. Schubert’s singular, apocalyptic, and beautiful works evoke the noxious haze that enveloped the sky over New York City in June 2023 as smoke from hundreds of wildfires in Canada drifted south. “Comprising layer upon translucent layer of poured, pigmented resin, they evoke, with the most subtle of means, the ever-shifting palette of the sky over New York City,” writes Nancy Spector. “In fear and awe, we looked out at a city transformed by a fugitive and sinister beauty.”
Maximilian Schubert, Untitled (Smoke), 2023, cast acrylic polyurethane, fiberglass, acrylic, enamel paint, 18 x 20 in, 45.72 x 50.8 cm, Photography by Dario Lasagni, courtesy of the artist and Off Paradise, New York