JASON SHERRY: Time Space Trials and the Packrat Dirge

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JASON SHERRY: Time Space Trials and the Packrat Dirge

2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.
90034 Los Angeles
March 28th, 2009 - May 2nd, 2009
Opening: April 1st, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tue-Sat 11-6
collage, Van, dyke, BROWN, print, Cyanotype, mixed-media, photography, video-art, performance, pop, sculpture


SEMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to announce an exhibition of new audio-mechanical sculptures and photo/print collages by JASON SHERRY, titled Time Space Trials and the Packrat Dirge (or the Theme from Human Interest Story). This will be the artist's second solo exhibition at the gallery, on view from March 27 through May 2, 2009.

Time Space Trials and the Packrat Dirge (or the Theme from Human Interest Story) expands on Jason Sherry's interest in shedding light on the absurd, irrational, and unpredictable side of human nature. For this exhibition, Sherry channels his unconventional engineering skills and probing intellect into musical instruments of personal nostalgia that provoke humor and demonstrate his ability to find the bizarre in even better forgotten memories and points of history.

In "The Packrat Dirge" an old pump organ is painstakingly deconstructed and reassembled into a functioning, miniature hybrid of its former self, its keyboard and body transformed with the furtive remnants of a friend's recent divorce (vintage pornography and B-movie magazines). Tickling its keys lets one commemorate the affair and indulge in a sly comedic expression of sympathy. [A forerunner to The Packrat Dirge, titled "Thou doth summon the 13th planet thusly", 2007 (Salke Collection, Boston), incorporates a black upright piano shrunken to one full octave.]

Influenced by the antics of his former bass-playing rock band days, the sculpture titled Time Space Trials presents an adolescent's BMX bicycle masterfully reincarnated with a functioning turntable and speaker. Riding Time Space Trials for the first time down the sidewalk of his South Park neighborhood (with the needle on the record, each peddle producing a rotation of the turntable), Sherry identified the music by saying with a smile: "I hate them, but, it had to be Iron Maiden."

Time Space Trials is accompanied by a separate performance-video featuring the artist's friends and some of their favorite music.

In addition to sculptures, the artist will also exhibit new photo/print collages executed in his signature style of re-contextualized imagery and deconstructed narratives. An intrepid scavenger of old negatives and vintage, low-culture photography, Sherry weaves together cyanotype and Vandyke brown prints of mesmerizing-but-nameless beautiful women, group photographs of mysterious, esoteric societies, advertising graphics, 18th and 19th-century engravings and parchments, and clippings of long-forgotten Hollywood models and stars-at times even printing on obscure materials from a bygone period.

The results are richly inventive compositions that indulge his compulsive appetite for military history and human evolution, fallen political leaders and space aliens, psychoanalysts and "deep thoughts", ancient races and mysterious cosmic occurrences, perverted nuns and crazed theologians, large-breasted topless women and strange deformities, sex and pulp-fiction, morality parables and conspiracy theories, brilliant scientists and social deviants, nerds and dweebs, and other behavioral oddities inhabiting the vast recesses of the human psyche.

A graduate of San Diego State University, Jason Sherry is currently participating in LOW BROW: Nine San Diego Pop Surrealists, on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art, in Oceanside, CA, through May 24. He lives and works in San Diego.

For further information, please contact Luis De Jesus at 619-696-9699, or email


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