William Campbell Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Hexton Contemporary, opens a new show by American artist Eric Fischl on June 2, 2018. The exhibition spans the last five years of Fischl’s work, with a particular focus on the artist’s exploration of new materials to reinterpret his iconic imagery.
Beginning in 2011, Eric Fischl began a collection of work that further explored his collage practice from the late 70’s and early 80’s. Fischl first began developing this new body of work in layers of clear acrylic resin, with figures painted and/or printed onto clear acetates and then embedded within poured layers of clear acrylic resin. Very few works were made utilizing this technique. This exhibition at William Campbell Contemporary Art has brought together some of the most important and rare works from this project.
More recently, Fischl began experimenting with figures painted and/or printed onto loose mylars that are then pinned over a watercolor or oil painted background. While both the resin works and pinned mylar concepts emanate from the same desire to reimagine his early collage process, each accomplishes very different results.
The resin works were created around the time Fischl began exploring cast glass sculpture. The resin works became a way to create collaged images in modern materials that capture light in a similar way to glass, whereby light comes into the work and projects back out of the work.
In the pinned mylars, Fischl was still interested in exploring how light passes through translucent surfaces but wanted to break free from the rigid dimensions of the resin process to create works which extend beyond the image plane. This allowed the artist to let the images expand and overlap in a compositional style similar to that of his iconic assembled canvases from the late 80’s and early 90’s (an important example of such is featured in the Dallas Contemporary’s current Eric Fischl solo exhibition).
The William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibition marks both the first full-scale gallery presentation of these new mylar works and the first time the complete collection has been exhibited.
The exhibition also includes a recent large-format oil on chromecoat painting from the artist’s studio. Rarely exhibited, this work offers a singular and defining look into Fischl’s long-standing practice of figurative exploration. “The relationship between the body and the person is riveting to watch,” states Fischl. “You can tell through body language how comfortable or insecure a person is with themselves and others. Body language is like a window to the soul. That is what I try to capture in my work.”
Eric Fischl at William Campbell Contemporary Art will be up from June 2 through July 28, 2018. For more information please contact William Campbell Contemporary Art.