Saturday, February 11, 2012

Big Science

Beverly Fishman is making very interesting, very beautiful art. I was lucky to stumble into the closing night of her eponymous show at Galerie Richard in Chelsea last night, and was first smitten with the beautiful colors and forms in her work, and then moved by the intelligent subject matter.

Fishman creates large, aggressively colorful paintings on stainless steel that transcribe scientific imaging data, such as EKG and EEG graphs, as well as bar codes and other technological forms. These paintings capture life, motion, vitality and time in a visually stunning, psychedelic, but static form. Alongside these paintings were blown glass sculpture pieces Pill Spill and One A Day, which are painted sculptures of prescription pill capsules. The paintings and sculptures combine to comment on the ubiquity of pharmaceuticals and technology in 21st century life, and acknowledge a surreal, psychedelic dimension to the legal, industrial drug culture that flourishes in the modern era. This is art that couldn't exist except right now, and may prove to be a cohesive statement of our time and values for future generations. Donald Kuspit wrote an insightful analysis of her work here. The gallery's exhibit site is here. And below are a few of my snaps from the show:

Galerie Richard is located at 514 W. 24th Street in Manhattan.

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