Juxtapoz // Friday, May 30, 2008
Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present Seasons of Change, an exhibition of new work by the New York-born, San Francisco-based artist Jeremy Fish in first solo show with the gallery. Seasons of Change opens Saturday, June 21st (alongside Josh Keyes’ Side Effects in Gallery II) and will remain on display thru July 26th.
“Somewhere between full-blown, howling death and a basket of newborn kittens exists a climate where malice and mirth can mingle,” writes hip-hop artist Aesop Rock about the work of his friend and sometime collaborator, Jeremy Fish. By fusing the cuddly and the macabre, Fish creates a unique urban folklore replete with grinning skulls, body parts, and hat-wearing worms, all carefully depicted with a clean, voluptuous line.
The artist pulls inspiration from a grab bag of folk and pop-culture sources, including Balinese fairy tales, Goth jewelry, children’s book illustration, tattoo and biker culture, Mexican muertos, tramp art and other craft traditions. Across all is an exaggerated depiction of innocence and its loss.
Seasons Of Change features drawings, paintings, and sculpture that tell a personal tale of physical and emotional transformation. Through quirky symbolism, Fish builds a coded narrative that is both grim and gentle. The four seasons are evoked to represent the phases of life, as well as motivations and moods (i.e., seasonal depression, “spring fever.”)
Objects, animals, architecture, and the human body merge into dynamic hybrids. In works with hand-carved frames, for example, painted images of human hearts sprout wings, worms, personalized cityscapes, plumbing, and umbrellas, all superimposed on a silkscreened ribcage and ringed in carved skulls—it’s a “dance of death” viewed through the lens of Richard Scarry or Dr Seuss. The beautifully carved frames and sculpture were created in Indonesia from Fish’s designs by the Balinese artist Nyoman Sedayatana.
Details at www.joshualinergallery.com