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Joel Kyack, by Jonathan Griffin / ArtReview

Joel Kyack: Old Sailors Never Die

18 January – 8 March 2014, François Ghebaly, Los Angeles

By Jonathan Griffin

Old Sailors Never Die (video still), 2014. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles Joel Kyack, Old Sailors Never Die (installtion view), 2014. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles Joel Kyack, Water Level, 2014. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles Joel Kyack, Megalodon, 2014. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles

Joel Kyack is an artist not naturally given to subtlety. His last, maniacally overhung exhibition at François Ghebaly Gallery, in 2011, was titled Escape to Shit Mountain, and it included a large banner painted with the words ‘Kill all endings’. Old Sailors Never Die, his latest outing and only the second exhibition to take on Ghebaly’s new and enormous gallery space, reveals some remarkable and uncharacteristic moments of restraint.For those partial to Kyack’s trademark blend of brash, cartoon aesthetics and…

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