HIGH BALL, an exhibition of baseball themed kinetic sculpture and multi media paintings by Greg Jezewski, opens at Frank Pictures Gallery on October 8th, 2011. Jezewski's work is wildly inventive. It is all about the game, while each piece also becomes a playable game itself. There's a Wolfman pitcher who tells your fortune with the spin of a wheel, a coin operated "2 Balls One Strike" machine, a catcher's masked face made of shredded US currency framed in compressed Cracker Jack boxes. "As a boy I was sent to instructional camps because I loved the sport so deeply and found much of the nuances of the game to be mystifying and magical", says Jezewski, "In my artwork I look for those crossroads and coincidences that can mean two things at once, puns and metaphors cover all the bases." Jezewski, a former semi pro ballplayer, left the game with his heart broken and his sense of humor in tact. "Remember, American Baseball is the only sport, says Jezewski, "the others are just games, like Monopoly and Parcheesi!"
A graduate of Otis, Jezewski began his career at the legendary Zero One Gallery. He has shown with the Downey Museum of Art, the Irvine Arts Center, LA Artcore, L.A.C.E, was shown in a special exhibition in conjunction with Ken Burns' documentary series "Baseball", university galleries at Biola and LA City College, the Fred Hoffman Gallery, the Transamerica Center Gallery, Gallery 1:16 and has been exhibited widely in conjunction with the Baseball Reliquary at various institutions and galleries across the Southland. Jezewski's work is included in many prominent collections including those of Charlie Sheen, Barbie Benton, Edward Boswell and Terry and Mary Cannon.
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