Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present “The Fourth Wall,” a group show organized by Kristin Calabrese, including works by Alexis Murray, Jeremy Rocine, Oscar Moreno, and many other artists under the umbrella of The David Bowie Tribute Wall.
The Fourth Wall is an exhibition organized specifically for a room with four walls. Art is a container for content, and gallery walls a container for art. Each of the three artists and one project are given one wall. The show is installed in the intuitive method of abstract expressionism. Works are hung salon style on two walls and in a single row on the other two. Depending on your point of view, each wall can be the fourth wall.
Alexis Murray makes narrative, figurative paintings using old master techniques and are full of fantasy and caricature. They explore the psychology of coping with anxiety and the darker elements of the human condition. Jeremy Rocine’s has been painting patterns with a glitch built into the pattern, which is analogous to the sand in the oyster that causes the pearl. Oscar Moreno’s paintings are developed from a process of addition, subtraction and reformulation in reaction to the painting while it’s being formed. Sometimes elements of autobiography and influences like underground comix can be seen lurking beneath the surface.
The David Bowie Tribute Wall is a shrine-like installation of paintings, drawings, photos, needlepoint, sculpture, and other kinds of art created as a tribute for the great musical artist David Bowie. Artists participating in The David Bowie Tribute Wall responded to an online Call for Art - here. The list of artists is still growing, but so far will include work by Alan Skalaski, Alicia Araya, Annie Lapin, Amy Wilson Faville, Ariana Papademetropolis, Alexis Murray, Andy Alexander, Ben Evans, Catt Avery, Deb Kavis, Denise de la Vaux, Erik Hanson, Emily Joyce, Emma Gray, Face Osiris, Heather Morgan, Jason LaMotte, Jennifer Celio, Jenny Phelps, Joey Dammit, Joshua Aster, Julia Schwartz, Kelly Smith, Kristin Dowling, Kristin Calabrese, Laura London, Liz Walsh, Michael Arata, Michelle Fierro, Natalie Sistrunk, Nate Pottker, Phillip Holt, Rachel Rogov, Rory Devine, Roya Falahi, Sarah Almond, Sean Griffin, Sharon Ryan, Sharon Shapiro, Sherry Carroll, Steve Shriver, Tamar Lalenya, Tina Wood Phalen, Veronica Wood, Vivian Colodro, and Wanda Malatesta.
As an artist, I'm interested in the truth. I realize the truth is subjective, so I'm interested in telling the truth from my perspective. Most of my paintings are about more than one thing. I usually discover the meaning of the painting either while I'm making it or much later, and think that usually the painting has a message for me that I hadn’t anticipated in it’s initial conception.
I believe in some sort of translation of the life force into the object of the painting. Rather than being a window or a mirror, I strive to make an object that feels like a presence, even if the viewer is blindfolded.
I'm also really interested in the flatness of the picture plane - whether or not there's the illusion of space on the canvas, the truth is it's colored areas placed next to each other on a flat surface - that are actually stacked up on top of each other given the normal orientation of a painting hanging on the wall. I get lucky when abstract composition reads distinctly at the same time as (and often in opposition to) painted imagery.
I started painting seriously in the late 80's. One of the main motivations for painting initially, was that I wanted to visually communicate to other people like me (misfits) and tell them they weren't alone like I wished someone would have done for me. My relationship with painting has changed over the years, becoming something my life is organized around. Painting really gives back. Each painting leads to another painting and back into other paintings and forwards to more new paintings. It makes for a very rich inner life expressed on the outside.