Harmony Murphy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new painting and drawings by artists Joseph Huppert and Jason Burgess. New Work comprises both artists’ intensive yet differing practice aimed at a cognitive study by which the brain realizes patterns or can synthesize senses of feelings through non-representative images. These works present and challenge the internal memory to recreate texture and sentimental experience within the artists’ laborious processes.
Joseph Huppert’s praxis takes shape in his series, The Brown and the Blue Drawings(2014-2015). His meticulous, hand-done graphite lines comprise these extensive drawings that are inspired by textiles, patterns, and traditional functional crafts. His beautifully detailed graphite surfaces analyze form by utilizing light to expose the trajectory of visual pattern behavior and interpretation. In this 50 hours-long process for each work, Huppert addresses the psychological study of visual perception as he investigates the ways the brain projects and maps patterns, or simply: how our eyes finish a design.
Similarly concerned with ways of seeing and viewer participation, the paintings in New Work by Jason Burgess address both the immediate and retrospective sentiments associated with place and future memory. His process involves an ongoing investigation of vision using non-representative images coupled with repetition in which the repeating imprint of remembering internalizes an awareness of the memory in the original space. Each work relates to a specific physical place, which in turn conjures distinctive psychological sentiments. In last ditch lust ditch(2015), Burgess began with an image of a recent trip to Puerto Rico and the overgrown, vibrantly painted drainage ditch he encountered. Surprised by the unexpected beauty of an otherwise mundane civic necessity, this work mines memories that emulate the texture of the sand, vegetation, and color in an attempt to re-create a visceral experience. In this way, Burgess creates a lightly structured form of practice while opening an improvisational process that embraces the raw sense of feeling as it extends to both photographic space and his own manipulation of remembrance.
Jason Burgess (b.1984) is an American artist born in Anniston, AL and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied Fine Art at the University of Alabama and Pontifica Universidad Santiago, Chile. He was co-director of the MMX space in Berlin in 2010-2011. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including 7th/Alameda, Los Angeles; Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA; Frequency Group, Chengdu, China; Open Art Venue, Berlin; Organhaus, Chongqing, China; n00b galerie, Berlin; Space One Eleven, Birmingham, AL; and has a permanent installation at the First Methodist Church, Anniston, AL. Burgess has been involved in multiple publications, including: “waking up in the summer,” a photo journal published by YNYY in Los Angeles, 2013; “One Year One Book,” a documentation of MMX’s history in Berlin, 2011; and in 2008, Burgess was included in FORM: Artistic Independence, Atlanta, GA.
Joseph Huppert (b. 1978) is an American artist born in Mesa, Arizona and currently lives and works in San Diego. He is the recipient of the San Diego Art Prize as an Emerging Artist of 2014. Huppert has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions at the Athenaeum Music & Art Library, CA; Bread and Salt, CA; Quint Gallery, CA; Compact Gallery, CA; and ICE Gallery, CA.