MFA Studio Practice Lecture Series: Joe Fyfe
March 11, 2015
Presented in partnership with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
Joe Fyfe, born in 1952, is a painter and art critic based in New York City. His paintings are composed of felt, cotton, plastic banners, national flags, broken umbrellas, kites and much more. He often finds materials in markets in South and Southeast Asia. He makes wall and floor sculptures assembled from things found on the street - what Fyfe often calls the "Modernist Pantheon." Examples are a car bumper, bound sticks of wood, a tourniquet, and bricks, among others. The framed collages on view combine painting on canvas, cardboard and paper, found objects, and photographs Fyfe takes himself. The magnetism in Fyfe's work lies in the undulation between haut-formalism and his quotidian palette. He establishes a lyricism in every work as a result of something resembling a secret recipe, ingredients including material plenitude, contemplative and decisive precision, and under-manipulated chance.
Fyfe has shown internationally throughout the last three decades. Recent solo exhibitions include White Columns, New York; Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne; ACME, Los Angeles; James Graham & Sons, New York; Ryllega, Hanoi, Vietnam; and Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg. Fyfe was awarded a Fulbright in 2006 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. In 2010, he curated the widely recognized “Le Tableau” at Cheim & Read, New York. Additionally, he has curated shows at Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton; Zurcher Studio, New York; and Apex Art, New York. Fyfe has written articles for Artforum, Art in America, Artnet.com, Hyperallergic, and BOMB. He is represented by Galerie Christian Lethert in Cologne, Germany and Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg
Sponsored in part by Blick Art Supplies, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and MFA Happy Hour, the PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series brings together artists from a variety of disciplines to explore the subjects of their own work before a live audience. Lectures are held throughout the year, most often in Shattuck Annex (SW Broadway at SW Hall on the PSU Campus) on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM. Lectures are FREE and open to the public.
PSU’S MFA IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE/STUDIO degree program is dedicated to interdisciplinary experimentation and the exploration of ideas through the experience of making. Students are supported in a range of research and production, from the traditional to the emerging, as they consider the multiple ways art can live in and beyond the studio.
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