Where: Fenix Gallery
Come learn more about Jan’s current work, Good Humor.
This September, Fenix Fayetteville is proud to feature recent paintings and drawings by Fayetteville artist Jan Gosnell. For several hundred years, traditional makers of pictures have felt compelled either by themselves or by their audience to title the images they produce. Current titles are most frequently found on accompanying cards near the work they describe. Many artists have found this naming distasteful, perhaps because it seems to limit the sensual perception of the image they are attempting to convey, or they may just feel aggravated by the traditional pressure to help the viewer understand a picture’s “meaning”.
Gosnell’s work, on view through September 28th at the Fenix Gallery is a reversal of this aversion to naming in the sense that with each piece, the title comes before the image, serving as inspiration for the finished piece. Gosnell challenges himself to find the exact words and images that work together for him as the subject of a drawing or painting, and then to use the title as a graphic aspect of the work itself. His choices for titles and imagery are arrived at by happenstance and are chosen for the reason that they pictorially challenge him in both the intuitive sense and the demand for a certain disciplined application of skill.
The humor in the work is at times intentional and at times incidental. In search of a subject, the question always becomes, “is this idea worth the time and work necessary to make it.” Sometimes, there is only one way to find out. Fenix Artists will respond to the spirit of Gosnell’s work and offer variations on the theme of “Good Humor”.