Greg Foley

Lux Ex Tenebris
Limited edition portfolio
20 risograph prints on 80lb acid free vellum
17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches
Edition of 100

$1,500
Lux Ex Tenebris (custom-made folio with embossed title)
Limited edition portfolio
20 risograph prints on 80lb acid free vellum
17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches
Edition of 100

$1,500
Lux Ex Tenebris
Limited edition portfolio
20 risograph prints on 80lb acid free vellum
17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches
Edition of 100

$1,500
Left to right:
What Animals Do (after Richard Scarry), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Where the Wild Things Are (after Maurice Sendak), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
I Can Fly (after Ruth Krauss/Mary Blair), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Peanuts (after Charles Schultz), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
 
Left to right:
BMX Action (April 1983), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
X-Men (no. 138), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Hobby Japan (no. 276), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Playboy (July 1970), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
 
Left to right:
Mad Magazine (no. 196), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
GQ (January 1981), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Vega 201 (after Victor Vasarely), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Roden Crater (after James Turell), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
 
Left to right:
Love Your Brother (after Sister Mary Corita Kent), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Notary (after Jean Michel Basquiat), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Walking Man (after Bill Traylor), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Untitled 2 (after Agnes Martin), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
 
Left to right:
Inflatable Flower and Bunny (after Jeff Koons), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
The Manipulator (no. 11), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Egoiste (no. 13), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Hollywood (after Ed Ruscha), Risograph print, 17 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
 

 

Gothic church leader Abbot Suger called stained glass’s light transformed by color, lux nova. Impressionists obsessed over light’s ability to shapeshift the modern world while Post Impressionists looked to the latest color theories of Michel Eugène Chevreul and Ogden Rood. Bauhaus guru Josef Albers wrote Interaction of Color as László Moholy-Nagy used light in his Light-Space Modulator. Greg Foley’s new work follows in the footsteps of such light and color enthusiasts. The Lux Ex Tenebris edition, reveals simple geometry–the circle the square and the rectangle–yet some formally complex, nuanced and intense color studies. The edition of one hundred, hand numbered copies was completed during his RisoLab Artist Residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York during Fall/Winter 2016-17. Each edition contains twenty original prints on 80lb acid free vellum, with a signed colophon, inside a custom made folio with embossed title. Foley began by locating color palettes through careful observation of print media from his life–ranging from children’s books to comics, adolescent interests, style magazines, and art books–each one influencing his cultural purview. The images are built slowly using a combination of digital software, then separated for the risographic print process (rice screen machine printing). Using a variety of three to eight transparent, layered colors, the prints become incredibly saturated and diverse. Each piece exists as a sense memory to an iconic cultural reference and time period. Foley’s background in design, as an author, illustrator and creative director make his work potentially more Op Art than Ab-Ex. Sincerely focused on color, how it’s made, how it changes, and our discernment of it, these works speak to the very character of perception.

 

Greg Foley is an artist, author and designer. He moved to New York in 1991 after attending Rhode Island School of Design, and quickly emerged as one of the leading forces in contemporary art and design. He has collaborated on creative projects with such diverse companies as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Warner Bros. Records, Sony Playstation, Gap, Levi’s, Gucci and Tiffany&Co., and developed cutting-edge projects with New York fashion designers, artists, and musicians. His contributions have been exhibited at such institutions as The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. As a founding member of Visionaire and V Magazine, Foley has teamed up with such talents as David Bowie, Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Mario Testino, Peter Saville, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono, and has created free-form editions that have revolutionized the format of a publication. Foley was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for Best Album Design for the Pet Shop Boys’s Release. He has also received awards from I.D. Magazine, and the Art Directors Club. Foley teaches at Parsons School of Design and is a visiting critic at RISD, Columbia University, and Yale. He is the author-illustrator of nine children’s books including the acclaimed Thank You Bear series (Viking) as well as the forthcoming history of subculture COOL: Style, Sound, and Subversion (Rizzoli).

gregfoley.co @gregardless