These Days are Nameless: Geoff McFetridge's Poignant Look at This Confusing and Chaotic Year
A simple elegance defines the work of Geoff McFetridge. Each color, figure, and movement encapsulates an idea with the poetry of economy. No wasted strokes, no wasted communication, just the expert rendering of people doing everyday things that speak to a greater conversation about our shared world.
The Los Angeles-based painter, fresh off a major collaboration with Apple and the Apple Watch, is about to open his fifth solo show with the V1 Gallery family, These Days are Nameless, and even for him, there is a stripped back, almost blunt articulation in both works and presentation. "We have no words to describe the state of things”, the press release reads, “yet this is the title, the Name. Full of images that exist outside of language. They give a name to the time." That is sort of where we are all at, isn't it?
The paintings you see above that are a sneak peek of more in the show, and in their brevity, explain so much of what 2020 has become. We long to touch, to be close, to talk, to have a sense of normalcy, and hunger for reminders of what that looks like. Life has blended into an abstraction of daily habits and chores which McFetridge renders in his haiku form. What did life look like? These Days are Nameless suggests how feelings and habits have become more nameless, yet achieve a measure of grace in adjusting to a new normal. Last week, we wrote of Julie Curtiss's show and how her paintings spoke of our quick adaption to the absurdity of the year. As McFetridge channels the memories of our collective experiences, he pulls at strings that remember and forge on —Evan Pricco
These Days are Nameless will feature new painting, video and sound installation.