Jack Featherly’s brightly colored, large-scale paintings in oil and and enamel continue to investigate themes present in his work since the 1990s. Though Featherly’s works are stylistically diverse, they share conceptual themes and processes. Featherly explains, “This can be described as visual isomorphism, where things that seem dissimilar have similar or identical underlying structures.”
In Hank Bierbaum Fantasizes*, imagery culled from pop culture (katakana from graphic novels, illustrations from Bellerophon coloring books) and elements of abstract painting (flats of color, gestural lines) fragment and overlap, to the point at which neither takes precedence in the final painting. To Featherly, “Maintaining a level playing field in terms of visual hierarchies allows for a shapeshifting world.” The relationships that arise from juxtaposing imagery, gesture, color and form hint at a potential for narrative reading of the work, but any singular interpretation remains elusive.
Jack Featherly (b. 1966 in Rolla, Missouri) earlier this year participated in Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Michelle Grabner and presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Recent solo exhibitions of note include presentations a Mesler/Feuer in New York (2015), Upfor in Portland (2014) and Christopher Henry Gallery in New York (2010). Featherly has exhibited throughout the United States and in France, Germany, South Korea and Japan. He holds a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. His work is in the corporate collections of Progressive and Chase Bank, and in various private collections. Featherly lives and works in Portland, Oregon.