Wednesday, July 6, 2011
FOE Gallery Solo Show - August 12, 2011
New works by Spencer van der Zee
August 12th - August 20th, 2011
Foe Store & Gallery
28 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Tel: (413) 586-2320
“Exquisite Corpse” was a Surrealist parlor game initially instigated by Andre Breton and Marcel Duchamp, among others – a way to turn serendipity into a process that allows the drawings, words and pictures created by a group of people to merge into each other and become something else entirely. Spencer van der Zee takes that parlor game and turns it into solitaire: the disjointedness comes from within. He opens his mind and art to a concatenation of references and stimuli, including family photos, snippets of text from born again literature left on his car window, phrases he hears throughout the day, beer he’s drinking, social commentary from talk radio, his hopes and fears… All of this makes its way into his work, a disjointed but somehow cohesive universe of signs and symbols scrupulously sketched and melded into finished drawings that have both folk-art fever and street-art nuance.
“I like to think I’m using art to create a parallel world and a parallel self, a reflection of what I see inside myself,” the artist says. “I’m creating places I want to explore. My drawings are portals into those worlds, but I’m not removed from them. It’s like telepathy with a pencil.”
“Exquisite Corpse: New Works by Spencer van der Zee” surveys that telepathic territory, delivering lyrical, twitchy evidence of a universe far beyond reach but also somehow right there in front of you.
(Keith Banner, co-founder of Thunder-Sky, Inc.)