March 1, 2018
Press Release - Jacob Feige "I Had a _____ Day"

I Had a _____ Day

Preview: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 10, 4:00 - 8:00 PM

On view through April 14, 2018

Feige explores the relationship between observations—as representational elements in his paintings—and inner thoughts and imagination—as abstraction. Two new series, Cutaway and Screen paintings, combine ordinary objects and situations from daily life juxtaposed with the imaginative distractions from inner thoughts. 

David Richard Gallery, LLC 
New York Venue – 211 East 121st ST.
New York, NY 10035 
P: 212-882-1705 

David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation, Jacob Feige: I Had A ____ Day. This is Feige’s first solo exhibition with the Gallery. There will be a Preview on Wednesday, March 7 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM and an Opening Reception on Saturday, March 10 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, both open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through April 14, 2018 at the Gallery’s New York venue located at 211 East 121st ST., New York, NY 10035, phone: 212-882-1705. A digital catalogue will be available online.

Selections from two new related series, Cutaway and Screen paintings by Feige, will be presented. Both combine objects and situations from daily life juxtaposed with the imaginative distractions from inner thoughts, but with different approaches to the composition and presentation format. We see literal objects and situations in front of us everyday, both in our familiar personal spaces and as we venture out into new spaces outside of our daily routine. However, as we are interrupted, distracted and overly stimulated by the world around us, our mind sees and records something different. That is the space Feige explores in his artwork. The Cutaway series is detailed with multiple transitions in and out of representational objects and literal settings connected by a mélange of visually stimulating and colorful illusions. The Screen paintings are more reductive with a smaller secondary painting affixed to the larger painting. 

Feige is a spectacular painter, a master of technique, intuitive with a keen eye as an avid observer of the world around him. His attention to details, color relationships, visual harmonies and compositional organization allow him to combine complex and multi-layered details that flow seamlessly between the observed and imagined worlds—a cornerstone of his artistic practice. These paintings instantly pull the viewer in with their harmonic color palettes and intriguing imagery—the combination of fragmented representational and realist elements alongside pure abstractions that are dream-like surreal moments ranging from optical and illusory to psychedelic and trippy—all provide multiple points of entry, both visually and conceptually. These easel-sized paintings encourage viewing close up and far away, both to see and appreciate the painted detail, but also to step back and decode the imagery and seek possible clues. They are open to the viewer’s unique experiences and individual interpretation. 

About Jacob Feige:

Jacob Feige’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Rule Gallery, Denver, Lombard Freid Projects, New York, and Movement, Worcester, UK, with other exhibitions at Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China, Watergate Gallery, Seoul, Korea and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, among other venues. Reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum, Freize, The New Yorker, and Art in America. The Phaidon Press anthology of contemporary abstract painting, Painting Abstraction, edited by Bob Nickas, includes a section on his work. In 2011 he co-founded Title Magazine, an online publication of art criticism, essays, and artists projects in Philadelphia, co-editing the publication until 2016. He received his undergraduate degree in visual art and the humanities from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Stockton University, New Jersey.

About David Richard Gallery:

Since its inception in 2010, David Richard Gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies. While the gallery has long been recognized as an important proponent of post-1960s abstraction—including both the influential pioneers as well as a younger generation of practitioners in this field— in keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery also presents established and very new artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art as well as young emerging artists.

In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations. Opening the second location in New York in 2017 exposes the gallery’s artists to new markets, institutions and collectors.

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