(above: Jeremy Fish listens to stories by Snoop Dogg, Bryan Coons, Mike Giant and Aesop Rock)
I like Jeremy Fish’s stuff. It’s not pretentious. It’s not complicated. It’s not trying to be something it’s not. When he nails it, his art just seems to hit the right note. Although his subject matter is often taken from everyday life, Fish finds a way to push the envelope in his execution, making the piece into something charming and–most importantly–fun to look at.
His latest show, at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, “puts stories and storytellers front and center as Fish demonstrates the enduring appeal of storytelling in popular culture. The exhibition features assorted tales from a wide swath of contemporary life-including from artists, skateboarders, rappers, athletes, a stripper, a cop, and a historian-which Fish has reinterpreted in lovingly realized painted works. Rendered in acrylic on hand-cut wood panels, these thirty “story paintings” are accompanied by audio recordings of the source tales recounted by the original storytellers, available to gallery visitors on MP3 players and headphones mounted next to each work.”
If I wasn’t in Europe, I’d be at this show. If for no other reason than to see the Snoop Dogg painting, and find out the end of the story where he “pulled out hs worm.”