Mark Fox
The Peacock Flesh
October 13 - November 10, 2007






Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present The Peacock Flesh, Mark Fox’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.  The exhibition will be on view from October 12 through November 10, 2007.  There will be an opening reception for the artist on October 12 from 6 to 8 pm. 

This exhibition features new constructions created from thousands of intricate ink and watercolor drawings, each meticulously cut from their paper ground and rejoined into lyrical sculptures.  These works continue Fox’s exploration of the strange narratives that emerge from his juxtaposition of painted or drawn fragments with diverse subject matter.  On view are two sculptures from Fox’s new series, Four Sawhorsemen of the Apocalypse, which consist of elegant, cloudlike forms extending from roughly hewn sawhorses.  The exhibition also includes two large-scale paper constructions set against mirrored backgrounds.  At first glance, these appear as minimal white forms, but the sculptural paper webs reveal their complex and colorful sides in the reflections glimpsed through the pieces in the mirrored surfaces beyond.  A series of two-dimensional watercolor drawings further investigate the artist’s fascination with creating formal order out of random marks.  

While some of the artist’s forms are created through the interplay of color, shape, line, and space, others are densely woven with fragments of information that can be deciphered to expose interior narratives.  In these pieces, intentional imagery is interspersed with random ink spots and doodles prompted by news stories, literature, street noise, telephone conversations, messages, and other forms of communication.  Fox relates his formal arrangement of these disparate elements to cerebral processes.  Every thought is interpolated by elements of sensory experience, and incongruent elements are cut up and reassembled, as the brain would assemble coherent thoughts.  

Fox’s work utilizes a personal iconography that references utopian, apocalyptic, and mythological themes.  His interest in eschatology—theological studies concerning the end of the world—and its prevalence in the dogma of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, is a driving force behind many of his works.  The Four Sawhorsemen of the Apocalypse series, especially the Red Sawhorseman, with its numerous references to violence and war, focuses on the influence of eschatological thought on society and on contemporary domestic and international politics. 

Mark Fox received his MFA degree from Stanford University and holds a BFA degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  He currently lives and works in New York City.  He has had solo exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, The Cincinnati Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts.  His work was recently acquired and exhibited by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has also recently entered the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among other institutions.  A major installation of Fox’s seminal work, Dust, is currently on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (through December 2007).  

Larissa Goldston Gallery is located at 530 West 25th Street, 3rd floor.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 212 206 7887 or visit www.larissagoldston.com. 

 

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