April 13 - May 20, 2012PAUL CHERWICK
APRIL 13 - MAY 20, 2012
Brennan & Griffin is pleased to present Splinter Group an exhibition of new works by Paul Cherwick.
For the exhibition, Cherwick has produced a group of carved wood sculptures that combine personal narrative and Classical allegory to create rough hewn characters that evoke pathos and the absurd. Cherwick's work serves the dual purpose of reflecting the traditional approach to formal figuration while embracing Pop that borders on lunacy.
Four larger sculptures on pedestals are portraits of friends, family, and self. This Is All I Need (all works 2012) is a self-portrait of Cherwick in the guise of Steve Martin's character Navin Johnson in the film The Jerk. This pieces evokes the dual notions of the self-portrait as being the ultimate act of self-awareness, being channelled through the lense of a buffoon, incapable of any act of self awareness. With The Void, Full Powers shows a somewhat flaccid figure of authority, expressionless, and by virtue of it's "bobblehead", unable to control if it is expressing a positive or a negative reaction to its situation.
In Converting One's Opponents Into Collaborators, notions of life changes and their effect on creative practice become the content and context of the portrait. Simultaneously referencing the Venus of Willendorf fertility statue, Le Tour's The Penitent Magdeleine , and the Hippie Earth Goddess archetype, One And Three Lisas explores these same ideas of reconciling the disparate aspects of moving into a new phase of life.
Groupings of plum-sized wall works evoke Japanese Netsuke figuration and recall Native Canadian Inuit Art, which the artist grew up around in his native Winnipeg, Canada. These off-kilter meditations are approached more as drawings: made in multiples - simultaneously and intuitively; they become artifacts where the final outcome of the piece is left somewhat undetermined and balance their more refined counterparts.
This is Paul Cherwick's first Solo Exhibition with Brennan & Griffin. Cherwick was born in Winnipeg, Canada and received his MFA from UCLA. He is represented by Brennan & Griffin and China Art Objects, Los Angeles.