Jack Fischer Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of Years of Pretty, an exhibition of works by Ward Schumaker. The show also marks the opening of the gallery’s new location at 311 Potrero in San Francisco.
Ward Schumaker’s work incorporates painting, bookmaking, collage, and sculpture. His handling of these various media is loose and expressionistic, always bowing to an intuitive approach. While he has had solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Shanghai, this is the artist’s first solo show at Jack Fischer, though he was featured in the gallery’s The Collage Show in 2011.
This exhibition focuses on works from the years 2003 to 2013, an opportunity to expose the breadth of Schumaker’s work. The word Pretty in the title references one of the artist’s earliest shows––of hand-painted books––in 2004 at Topher Delaney’s Seam. The artist is based in San Francisco, though he and his wife artist Vivienne Flesher spent 2012 living and working in Manhattan. It was during this time that Schumaker took up a series of sculptures (referred to by the artist as “dumb boxes”) that he had initiated 40 years earlier using cardboard; today he has created them in wood and gesso. In calling these boxes “dumb” the artist demonstrates a sense of self-deprecating humor and a sensibility that can be blunt and deadpan.
“I like very much what I am seeing of the boxes. There is as always your touch, your sensibility and there is also an authenticity to the weight of your sentiments. The sculptural aspect is very sophisticated without being too much so. They just feel right. They are poetic. They are slow to process, slow to sink in…. The device of the holes in your boxes, your funerary boxes, are spirit releases, portals, and key holes. Intimate and powerful stuff.”Eric Fischl, March 2012
Years of Pretty will open Saturday, September 7th with a reception for the artist from 4 to 6pm. The exhibition will remain on view until October 12th.