Jered Sprecher Stacking Stones On view: September 5 – October 17, 2014
Reception: Friday, September 5 2014, from 6-9pm
Gallery 16 is pleased to present Stacking Stones, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Tennessee-based artist, Jered Sprecher. The exhibition will be on view from September 5 – October 17, 2014 with an opening reception Friday, September 5, 2014, from 6-9pm.
The title, Stacking Stones, pays homage to the basic human act of placing stone upon stone. “Sometimes each stone is chosen and thoughtfully nestled into its proper place, while other times stones are haphazardly piled one on top of another. Some stacked structures have lasted for centuries, yet others have crumbled. There is a simple elegance to each one. Rock upon rock, stone upon stone. Piling, filling, locking into place through friction and gravity.”
This body of work began during the summer of 2013 while Sprecher was an Artist-in-Residence at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. “My time in Marfa last summer was highlighted by the presence of rocks and stones. The vegetation there is incredibly sparse. Rocks are not hidden by the plants or deep topsoil. You notice the stones, you start to pick them up and collect them, sliding them into your pockets, feeling each one in your hand.”
Many of the paintings in this exhibition are based on a single stock photograph of three doves nesting on a cliff. This photograph was on the cover of Sprecher’s family photo album. “The image is both completely mundane and fascinating at the same time (like a stone). That single image forms the underlying DNA for many of these paintings. Or rather it provided the stones for stacking. Some stones are stacked for piles, some to mark a grave, some to show the path, some to set a boundary, some are mysteries, some are walls.” The exhibition also includes “stones” such as windows, the fireplace, diamonds and the passionflower, which have become a familiar part of Sprecher’s vocabulary of forms.
Sprecher is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was the recipient of a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2009, and was an Artist-in-Residence at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, in 2013. Sprecher’s exhibitions include shows at The Drawing Center, New York, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art and the Nerman Museum of Con- temporary Art. Sprecher has been an artist in residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, the Irish Museum of Modern Art. His galleries include Steven Zevitas in Boston, Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City in 2013. Sprecher’s work is held in numerous private and public collections.
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