The Middler
423 Stanhope Street Apartment 3r
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All works © Artist unless otherwise noted.

Nieves Bookstore
February 8 - March 4, 2018

Nieves Bookstore
Furniture by Vitsoe

Exploding Jezebel
Rafael Delacruz
16 Pages
19.5 x 25.5 cm
Color Offset
First Edition 2018
ISBN 978-3-905999-88-4

Toilet Paintings
Quintessa Matranga
20 Pages
24.5 x 24.5 cm
Color Offset
First Edition 2018
ISBN 978-3-905999-89-1


The Middler is thrilled to announce Nieves Bookstore, the inaugural exhibition of its 2018 program. The exhibition opens on the evening of Thursday February 8th and will be open by appointment through March 4th, 2018.

Nieves Bookstore will transpose the publisher’s store in Zurich to The Middler (an apartment gallery in Brooklyn, New York) and will present a selection of Nieves titles alongside two new Nieves publications made available for the first time: Toilet Paintings by Quintessa Matranga and Exploding Jezebel by Rafael Delacruz.

Exploding Jezebel reproduces a selection of new paintings by Delacruz. Drawn from the artist's "Tech Bum" series, (which envisions a future portrait of his native Bay Area), and also from the artist's personal imagery, Exploding Jezebel untwists a narrative universe of misfit characters in Paul Klee-like palettes and visionary hues.

Quintessa Matrangra views the subject of her toilet paintings in two ways: first, as a symbol of contemplation or critique, and second, as an extension of the human anatomy. In her words, "The toilet functions as an inbetween place – between our human selves and our houses, or our built surroundings. It's something of a portal where our body blends into the world." Toilet Paintings collects Matrangra's celebrated series, (first exhibited at Freddy in Harris, New York, in May 2017), in the debut publication of her paintings.

The Middler would like to thank Nieves for their involvement and Vitsoe who kindly provided furniture.

Nieves is a Swiss-based publisher of artists’ books and zines co-founded by Benjamin Sommerhalder (b. 1977). Nieves has collaborated previously with The Middler on Conor Thompson’s zine The Mouse (2017), and earlier with The Middler proprietor Anthony Atlas (as editor) on a volume of songwriter Ariel Pink’s Selected Lyrics published in 2014. Both titles will be available at the show.

Quintessa Matranga was born in New York in 1989. Recent shows include Carlos / Ishikawa (London), Karma International (Los Angeles), and Queer Thoughts (New York). She lives and works in New York.

Rafael Delacruz was born in San Francisco in 1989. Delacruz has recently shown work at Shoot the Lobster (Los Angeles), Goldies Gallery (New York) and Pilar Corrias, (London). He lives and works in New York.

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