Against the Infinite
November 23, 2013
through December 21, 2013
NEW YORK, NY (October 22, 2013) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Against the Infinite, new works by Portland, Oregon-based artist AJ Fosik in what will be his third solo exhibition at the gallery.
In this exhibition, Fosik explores the idea that humanity faces an inherent struggle between its dualistic nature—a physical self and a symbolic self. Works in the show are greatly inspired by The Denial of Death, a 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning work of psychology and philosophy by Ernest Becker. The book describes human civilization as an elaborate defense mechanism against the knowledge of our own mortality, which in turn acts as the emotional and intellectual response to our basic survival instinct.
Against the Infinite includes three-dimensional wall-mounted works and freestanding sculptures as well as a large installation. The installation features 30 individual animal heads on diamond-shaped panels which, when arranged together, form an impressive 30-sided geometric shape known as a rhombic triacontahedron (a convex polyhedron with 30 rhombic faces).
Fosik’s totemic vocabulary is constantly evolving, as the artist continually finds new ways of creating works that embody false idolatry through references to divinity worship and religious iconography. His animal subjects typically display hybridized characteristics; combining stylized tongues, teeth, horns, antlers and hoofs with symbolic hand gestures. In the new works, Fosik explores themes of mortality and invention with imagery such as skulls, exposed ribcages, tools and weaponry including sickles, swords, hammers and stakes. Notions of identity and repression are implied through chained muzzles while multiple hands and faces reflect the idea of emerging dualities.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
AJ Fosik was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is currently based in Portland, Oregon. Fosik’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the country including New York, Philadelphia, Miami and San Francisco. He has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Brooklyn Rail and Tokion. In 2011, Fosik was commissioned by Mastodon to create artwork for the cover of their album, The Hunter. The band’s music video featured the artist working in his studio on the piece.