Flat Earth Society - Big Pictures LA - February 16th - March 30th
Big Pictures Los Angeles is pleased to present Flat Earth Society, a group show of new paintings featuring Jennifer J. Lee, Matt Lifson, Jake Kean Mayman, and Alex Sewell. An opening reception will be held February 16th, 2018, 7:00pm 11:00pm.
The term Flat Earther has become something of a sad joke, in that its come to mean a person who has fallen into lesser knowledge from a more enlightened state. However its confounding nature is catchy, how can an age of hyper information lead to ignorance? While thinking the earth is flat is foolish, the idea that flat earthers represent history repeating itself is interesting. Especially given how access to information has made the world, and time itself, seemingly flatter. We can now easily immerse ourselves in histories and experience vivid story telling of cultures far and wide, recent and ancient. We can embrace aspects of their belief systems as our own, even though they may be outdated or un-relatable to our current cultural norms and nomenclature.
Similarly, the exhibited paintings explore ideas of time, and how layers of time both inform and abstract the meanings we place in symbols, objects, and narratives. Jennifer J. Lees painting of an arch comprised of old computer monitors simultaneously references both the architectural breakthrough of the arch, the rise of computing, and subsequent obsolescence of vacuum tube monitors. Similarly Matt Lifsons painting depicts young men taking written tests in the 1960s overlaid by young men from another culture who have collectively killed a moose for food. Both groups activities represent rights of passage and becoming a man, just in different times and spaces. The artists in Flat Earth Society seem to move fluidly through time to illustrate visions of the past, present, and future.
Artforum, TOTAH, and upcoming shows
Thank you to everyone who came out to " Hookey " at TOTAH this past month. It's been an amazing time and I'm honored to have been able to show this body of work cohesively.
We were graced with some incredible people coming through the exhibition, with highlights including a lovely review by Ida Panicelli of Artforum ( https://www.artforum.com/picks/id=71209 ), and a kind mention by Sarah Cascone ( https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-york-fall-gallery-show-preview-1005836 ).
If you find yourself in Massachusetts this fall, I'll be showing a small group of work in a solo exhibition at Arts Research Collaborative in my alma matter town of Lowell, MA. ( http://artsresearchcollaborative.com/ )
Thanks for visiting and supporting the work :)
I'd like to thank Eric Ashcraft for putting my work in his curatorial debut at 186 Eldridge St, " When the Cat's Away ". I was among some great company and was honored to be included.
If you find yourself in New York City these upcoming months please make your way over to the Viridian Gallery in Chelsea for their Director's Choice Show from September 27th - October 15th to see catch a painting of mine. Opening reception is on September 29th.
Also please support FiveMyles in their upcoming benefit of which I've donated a work. The date is October 23rd, tickets cost $250 and you'll go home with an amazing original piece of art, guaranteed :)
Painting and work and Painting and Travel
I'm very proud to be part of an ongoing exhibition curated by Ala Dehghan. "The landscape changes 30 times" at the Anahita Art Gallery in Tehran, Iran will be up until October 21st, so if any of you are over that side of the pond, feel free to stop by!
The exhibition features the following artists ;
Beverly Acha, Doug Ashford, Colleen Asper, Mehraneh Atashi, Janna Avner, Julia Bland, James Brittingham, Drea Cofield, Gaby Collins Fernandez, Ala Dehghan, Sara Dehghan, Carrie Dickason, Basia Drozdzik, Jessie Edelman, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Mark Gibson, Michelle Grabner, Jennyfer Haddad, Meena Hasan, David Humphrey and Jennifer Coates, Byron Kim, Eric Mack, Tavi Meraud, Ted Mineo, Sabeen Omar, Yupin Pramotepipop, Ronny Quevedo, Kristin Richards, Kenny Rivero, Chloe Rossetti, Eric Saudi, Cal Siegel, Mark Starling, Jeffrey Stuker, Brandi Twilley, and myself.
I'm working on a few public projects and paintings for a few group exhibitions at the moment, if you haven't been by the new studio please drop me a line and come on through!
Monmouth Museum and More
Sorry it's been a long time since I've posted an update in this section. I would like to thank a few amazing collectors who have made in investment in me and my work in the past months, and also thank Enterprise Bank who have added two of my paintings to their permanent collection.
I am proud to announce that " Billy the Saturday Night Rock Star " will be on display at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition from January 18th - March 9th.
More updates soon, and thank you for checking up.
Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been pretty busy.
I had a great experience in London in March competing in their National Portrait Gallery Competition.
Finished a good painting for a dear friend.
Coming up I'm featured in The Off the Wall exhibit at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. Thanks to guest curator Dina Deitsch of the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and Katherine French of the Danforth, " Billy the Saturday Night Rock Star" will be on display until Sunday, August 4, 2013. The Members and Patrons Reception will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013, 6:30-9.
I would like to thank the fine people over at Fidelity Investments for showing my work from August until early September in their corporate office at the World Trade Center in Boston, MA.
For anyone that is in the area please come check out Galatea Fine Art's New England Collective III Exhibition reception on August 3rd on Harrison Ave. I'm showing with some other amazing local artists, its a very solid show so please check it out!