Cessation of Violence
Installation made in conversation with Catherine Lord
On February 4th, 2017 there will be a solo exhibition of works by Jared Buckhiester. The exhibition will be on display through February 26th with a reception for the artist on February 4th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Maud’Dib I, 2016, ceramic, oil paint, 14 x 6 x 7 inches
In his first solo show at John Davis Gallery, Jared Buckhiester asks Catherine Lord to help make sense of the conflagration that is his work. And Lord assists, not as curator, but as trusted viewer, friend, and counterpoint. Allowing formal qualities to direct decisions of editing and placement, Lord disregards narrative to broaden the gaps of possible connections. This draws attention to the work’s strength and cohesiveness.
In a wooded clearing, a sweaty pro wrestler, truncated at his torso, projects a survival knife from his invisible blowgun. Two aboriginal bodies tumble forward while striking a classical Greco Roman pose. Their backs, one to the sky, one to the ground, flatly await the placement of a fountain basin. A cheer captain straddles a chalk line and Francisco Zapata lies dead in the arms of his bandit lover.
Buckhiester’s ceramics and drawings are connected, not by material similarities or a narrative structure, but the sense that they are born from the same soup, one that smells simultaneously psychosexual and political. In this show Buckhiester argues that a separation of the sexual and political is hard to come by when dealing with any old subjective human brain. Lord help us all.
On January 7th, 2017 there will be a solo exhibition of paintings by Katherine Mojzsis. The work will be on display through January 29th with a reception for the artist on the 7th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
“extend dimension,” 2016, oil on canvas, 46 x 40 inches
“I take a path that does not follow the rules of perspective. I believe in the power of surfaces, that they have the ability to deepen and disturb – to “surprise” reality. Painting, drawing and collage allows me to build images, to deconstruct and dissect. Architectural forms, geometric shapes and invented landscapes are continuously adjusted until, in my hands, everything seems to be moving right. I explore free verse imagery in order to deceive the perception of rational space.”