Today I helped install a new show at Gallery @ the Jupiter, right at the Jupiter Hotel. The show is by Hickory Mertsching and it is called Decay, Growth and the Still Life. Truly a delicious show.
The artist combines the common of our time and place with more traditional elements of nature often found in still life: birds with beer cans, squirrels with chainsaws. The work is delicate but not fey and at its best, dense but not fussy. Some of his past works, seen on his site, were more Gothic and dark, whereas this show has simple white backgrounds. He makes his own frames too, which look like part of the painting. Tomorrow night is the reception for the artist.