Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present “50/50,” our first solo exhibition of paintings by New York artist Ivin Ballen. Featuring a brilliant new series of paintings, and a triptych incorporating an operating stereo system, Ballen offers an insightful and humorous exploration of our relationships to everyday materials via painting.

Composing maquettes from cardboard, duct tape, plastic bottles, garbage bags, and other recyclable commonplace items, Ballen casts fiberglass and aqua resin sculptures of their negative space that he then paints with acrylic and watercolor paints, often with trompe l’oeil passages that reference the original found objects. Although the illusion is temporarily quite convincing, closer inspection of the paintings reveals subtle differences in textures and colors that expose the process, reinforcing Ballen’s central investigation of the act of looking and perceiving.

Corresponding with his first New York solo exhibition is Ballen’s first solo exhibition at Hilberry Gallery in Detroit, MI, November 9 -January 5, 2008.

For more information, please contact Edward Winkleman at or 212.642.3152.

Ivin Ballen
November 29 – January 5, 2008
Opening reception: Thursday, November 29, 2007, 6-8 pm

Winkleman Gallery
637 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
t: 212.643.3152
f: 212.643.2040


Lynn Crawford, The Brooklyn Rail, February, 2008

R.C. Baker, Village Voice, January 2-8, 2008

Joshua Johnson, The Zine,, December 18, 2007

Ivin Ballen

November 29, 2007 - January 5, 2008
Opens November 29, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views

Ivin Ballen, 50/50, installation view, featuring (l. to r.) "Warren," "Poodle," and "Grapemine."

Ivin Ballen, 50/50, installation view, featuring (l. to r.) "Warren," "Poodle," and "Grapemine."



Ivin Ballen, Warren, 2007


Ivin Ballen, Grapemine, 2007

Devotional Piece

Ivin Ballen, Devotional Piece, 2007

Speakers (2-Way)

Ivin Ballen, Speakers (2-Way), 2007

Untitled (Blue Tabs)

Ivin Ballen, Untitled (Blue Tabs), 2007


Ivin Ballen, Poodle, 2007

Untitled (Cubes)

Ivin Ballen, Untitled (Cubes), 2007


Ivin Ballen, b, 2007

Untitled (Yellow Tape Impression)

Ivin Ballen, Untitled (Yellow Tape Impression), 2006

Untiteld (Flagbag)

Ivin Ballen, Untiteld (Flagbag), 2006

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