September 12 - October 25, 2014:



curated by MARC LeBLANC

Opening reception Friday, September 12th, 6 - 9PM

Press release available here

"Having become in some degree pacified, we continued to watch the ship until we finally lost sight of her, the weather becoming hazy, with a light breeze springing up. As soon as she was entirely gone, Parker turned suddenly towards me with an expression of countenance which made me shudder. There was about him an air of self-possession which I had not noticed in him until now, and before he opened his lips my heart told me what he would say. He proposed, in a few words, that one of us should die to preserve the existence of the others..." The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe, 1838 (p. 112)

Richard Parker serves as a metonymic title for the abstraction, inconsistency, disjointedness, and inevitable annihilation inherent in the expression and mediation of individuals and their identities. - Marc LeBlanc

MICHAEL THIBAULT would like to thank those galleries whose continued support made Richard Parker possible: Galerie Jan Kaps in Cologne, Galerie Hammelehle & Ahrens in Cologne, Galerie Christine Mayer in Munich, Galerie Albert Baronian in Brussels, and MOT International in London.

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Peppi Bottrop (b. 1986 in Bottrop, DE) lives and works in Düsseldorf, DE. Recent solo exhibitions of Bottrop's work include One Night In (2014) at Galerie Jan Kaps in Cologne, Das Kleine Schwarze (2013) (with Melike Kara) at Boutique in Cologne, and Totale 5 (with Kai Richter) (2013) at Kunstverein Maschinenhaus, Zeche Carl e.V., in Essen, DE. Bottrop's works have also been shown in numerous group exhibitions, predominantly throughout Germany, including Das Ist Alles Deine Schulze (2013) at Projektraum Sammlung Philara in Düsseldorf, Bilderladen Dumont-Carrer (2012) with Galerie Fiebach, Minninger/Galerie Nagel+Draxler in Cologne, DE, and Unblinking Eye (2012) at Kavi Gupta in Berlin. Bottrop attended the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, studying at the former with Jutta Koether and at the latter with Andrea Schultze and Albert Oehlen. The current exhibition at Michael Thibault Gallery is the artist's first exhibition in the US.

Aribert von Ostrowski (b. 1953 in Günsterode, DE) lives and works in Berlin, DE. Selected solo exhibitions include Sentimental Boards (2013) at Galerie Christine Mayer in Munich, Happy Railway Paintings (2011) at Galerie Christine Mayer in Munich, The Diamond Is Not A Maximum (2008) at Galerie Bleich-Rossi in Vienna, and Tür s.f. (2007) at Sassa Trülzsch in Berlin. Selected group exhibitions include From The Age Of The Poets (2012) at Kunstsaele in Berlin, Abstract Ilona (2011) at Kavi Gupta in Berlin, Big Talk Small Pieces (2011) at ÜBS in Istanbul, All I Desire (2011) at Galerie Christine Mayer in Munich, Der Aribert-von-Ostrowski-Trustee-Fund (2010) in Berlin, and 100. Exhibition (2010) at Autocenter, Berlin. Von Ostrowski's work has been featured in numerous international art publications, including Texte Zur Kunst and Kunstforum International.

Benoit Platéus (b. 1972 in Belgium) lives and works in Brussels. Platéus has shown extensively in gallery and institutional venues throughout Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of the artist's work include Homecoming (2014) at Galerie Jeanroch Dard in Paris, A mange B (2014) at Rectangle in Brussels, BE, Benoit Platéus (2013) at Galerie Albert Baronian in Brussels, Broccoli & Steel (2012) at Benendengalerie in Kortrijk, BE, and Kunst Nu (2006) at SMAK in Gent, BE. Platéus has also been included in numerous curated group exhibitions, some of these include Conversation Piece (2014) at Mu.ZEE in Oostende, BE, Celluloid Brushes (2012) at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi in Berlin, DE, and The State Of Things at Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, BE. Platéus's work has been reviewed in national and international publication and has been acquired by private and institutional collections alike. This current exhibition at Michael Thibault is the artist's first exhibition in Los Angeles.

Clunie Reid (b. 1971 in Pembury, UK) lives and works in London. Reid has exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of Reid's work include In Pursuit Of The Liquid (2013) at MOT International in London, Black Light (2012) at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Art Now (with James Richards) (2010) at Tate Britain in London, and Nought To Sixty (2008) at Institute Of Contemporary Arts in London. Reid's works have also been included in many curated group exhibitions, such as For As Long As You Like (2014) at Galerie Gaudel de Stampa in Paris, ICA Off-Site: A Journey Through London Subculture 1980s to Now (2013) at The Old Selfridge Hotel in London, and Free (2010) at the New Museum in New York City.

Matthias Schaufler (b. 1964 in Laichingen, DE) lives and works in Berlin, DE. Schaufler's works have been exhibited throughout Europe and North America. His most recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Oil Painting (2014) at Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender in Berlin, DE, Buttes-Chaumont (2010) at Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens in Cologne, DE, and Party Fears 2 (2013) at Kunstverein Leverkusen Schloss Morsbroich e.V. in Leverkusen, DE. His works have been featured in numerous national and international art magazines, most recently in Frieze D/E (Winter 2012), ArtForum (December 2012), and Texte zur Kunst (September 2012). Schaufler attended Hamburg's Hochschule für Bildende Künste from 1989-1990, studying under Franz Erhard Walther and Mike Hentz; He then attended Frankfurt's Städelschule in 1990-1991, studying under Martin Kippenberger.