Preview: Jeremy Fish "Where Hearts Get Left" @ FIFY24SF Gallery, SFJuxtapoz // Friday, 13 Jul 2012
Last week, we headed over to Jeremy Fish's San Francisco studio to check out all the new work he was preparing for his exhibition, Where Hearts Get Left, opening Saturday, July 14, at FIFTY24SF Gallery. The show, featuring new paintings, sculptures, drawings, a new book, and a six screenprints, is all built around the concept of "a visual love letter to San Francisco," where Fish noted, "I am begging her to not become a sterile West Coast Manhattan any time soon. What are the constants? What are the things I will always love about SF no matter what happens?”
From the Gallery:
FIFTY24SF Gallery, in association with Upper Playground, is pleased to announce a new exhibition by San Francisco-based fine artist, Jeremy Fish. Where Hearts Get Left is Fish’s first gallery show with Upper Playground in 5 years, featuring 60 new works inspired by and created as a visual love letter to the city of San Francisco. The exhibition will open on July 14, 2012 with a special afterparty at Milk Bar in Haight Ashbury. The exhibition runs through September 14, 2012.
For nearly two decades, New York-born, San Francisco-based Jeremy Fish has evolved from a leading skateboard artist to one of the most praised visual storytellers of his generation. Each body of work he produces becomes a running themed narrative, from the dark underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the reinterpretation of friends and influences stories. An artist in the same vein as Dr. Seuss, Fish has created iconic characters that have grown through the years with the artist, a familiarity that viewers identify as an entry point into the artist’s own imagination and version of the world. Paintings are metaphors for larger storylines, bunnies and turtles reflections of our own path through life, and an embodiment that true folk storytelling is alive and and thriving in the technological age.
For Where Hearts Get Left, Fish has prepared six paintings, four statues, fifty drawings, six screen prints, and an installation specifically created for FIFTY24SF Gallery. The concept for the exhibition is the ever-changing social and physical landscape of San Francisco. “I have lived in this city for almost 20 years, more than half my life” Fish explains. “I have watched the tech boom come and go twice, and the many changes the city becomes subject to as a result. I wanted to focus on “what is it that I still love about this place?” Fish spent six months creating a visual love letter to the greatest city in the world. “I am begging her to not become a sterile West Coast Manhattan any time soon. What are the constants? What are the things I will always love about SF no matter what happens?”
As well as the original artwork presented in Where Hearts Get Left, Fish has created 6 screen prints for the show, each in edition of 100 only available through FIFTY24SF Gallery. There will also be a limited edition, hand bound book featuring 50 black and white drawings, printed in an edition of 100 in a wood and leather cover, printed by Edition One Books in Berkeley, California.
The exhibition opens on July 14, 2012, at San Francisco’s FIFTY24SF Gallery. An afterparty will take place at Milk Bar in Haight Ashbury on the night of July 14, from 10PM—2AM, featuring sets by DJ Aspect McCarthy, Edison, and Zman. The afterparty is sponsored by Upper Playground, the Vapor Room, and Tott Global. Jeremy Fish is a San Francisco-based fine artist who has shown in galleries around the world including Rome, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Milan, Mexico City, Warsaw, Cologne, Hamburg, Vancouver, Naples, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Zurich, Vancouver, and at the Laguna Art Museum. He has collaborated and exhibited with Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF Gallery for over a decade, the last exhibition being The Ghosts of the Barbary Coast in 2008.
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Where Hearts Get Left
July 14—September 14, 2012