KATHERINE CONE GALLERY Proudly Presents
Jack Brogan: Part 3
“Summer of Jack”
July 28– August 25, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 2012 /5-8 pm
Jack Brogan: Part 3, "Summer of Jack", will open July 28th, 2012 at Katherine ConeGallery in Los Angeles. This exhibition is the final part of a three part series in the celebration and recognition of Jack Brogan's
contribution to the contemporary art world for the past 50 years.Participating artists include Ed Moses, Margaret Honda, Lisa Bartleson, Michael Armstrong, Tony Delap, Marlene Louchheim, Joey Huppert and Cosimo Cavallaro.
This final part in the series focuses on Jack’s relationship with the artists. The below story, by artist Lisa Bartleson, is from the artist’s point of view and sums up what Jack’s fabrication business has represented all these years: working with the artist.
Katherine Cone Gallery is honored to have been a part of this amazing adventure.
Thank you Jack.
“I met Jack for the first time at the Torrance Art Museum during the exhibition opening for “What’s New Pussycat.” I had heard much about him so I was thrilled to talk shop and eventually be invited to visit his studio.
I held on to his number for quite awhile and finally contacted him after becoming frustrated with a few sculptures I was working on. I casted two asymmetric works that had some difficult angles to sand out. I found as I was sanding one side of the piece, I would look over my shoulder only to discover that I had dug a hole on the opposite side of the sculpture. Before I sanded the piece down to a nub, I thought I had better give Jack a call.
We made arrangements for a visit at his studio; I showed up a few days later with the two sculptures and a jar of spicy pickled asparagus. Walking into Jack’s shop is like what I imagine Charlie felt like when he walked into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory: this is where the magic happens and all the heavies were there Valentine, Pashgian, Alexander, Irwin, Bell, McCracken . . .
Jack took a look at the sculptures and of course knew exactly how to work them out. We made plans to talk in a week or so.
I got a call the next day from Jack thanking me for the pickled asparagus, and we had a long conversation about pickling spices, secret family recipes — this is when I realized he is a food guy!
Jack contacted me about a week later letting me know that the sculptures were roughed out and I should come by and take a look. Fortunately, a few months before, I had spent time with my Aunt Louis McGuiness, learning how to make her famous blackberry pie. I showed up at Jack’s with a pie in hand. The sculptures were perfect. I was taken aback by how exact they were.
I asked Jack if I could give him some money— a deposit while he made the finishing touches on the sculpture. He said, “Oh, we haven’t talked money?” He did some quick calculations and gave me a number. He must have seen the look in my eyes because the next thing he said in his sweet Tennessee accent was, “Now don’t let this ruin your day. I will take another look at the numbers and see what I can do.”
Jack and I spoke again that night and did some bartering; he graciously offered a new number and in exchange, I offered 24 jars of pickled asparagus, blue lake beans, and cucumbers.
Now when I see Jack, we talk a little about materials and pigments, but mostly we talk about food — what spices would be good for pickling Asian pears, how to make Prosciutto and all things in between.”
Please join us for an opening reception, Saturday, July 28th, from 5pm-8pm.
Katherine Cone Gallery is located at 2673 South La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am until 6pm. For sales inquiries please contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.