Geary Contemporary is pleased to open this January with an exhibition of recent works by Charles Andresen and Jerry the Marble Faun. A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, January 12th from 6-8 pm. This exhibition is curated by Chris Byrne.
Charles Andresen has been making "throw paintings" for nearly three decades, wherein spoonfuls of viscous acrylic are flung upon stretched canvas. Hurling and plopping paint in this manner yields unexpected shapes and patterns, serving as a tool for him to uncover fictive space and imagery.
Andresen sees his method as an extension of Surrealist automatism, an act of discovery and a way to assemble a puzzle. Recently, he has been making “nocturnes” using light-tinted lines and dots atop very deep grounds, and medium-toned work with darker markings. Quoting Malcolm Morley, Andresen states, “I’d echo his remark that he wanted to depict reality as if “the world were made of paint”.
Jerry Torre, known as the Marble Faun, is a Queens based artist who works primarily in stone and earthenware. He was the live-in handyman and close friend to Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie), as seen in “Grey Gardens,” Albert and David Maysles’ 1975 documentary about two women living in isolated squalor.
In his youth, Torre spent time exploring the mausoleums and statues of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn with his friends. He found refuge from an abusive childhood when his uncle, a mason, taught him to work in stone, which he began hand-carving without the use of machines in 1987. Torre’s work pulls from his rich and varied life experiences, including work as an assistant to the ventriloquist Wayland Flowers, tending a palace in Saudi Arabia, running an art-moving business, and driving a cab for 20 years.