Jeremy Everett and the Transcendent Earth

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

As he travels Jeremy Everett leaves a trail of pictures buried in the ground in his wake. Destined to be unearthed after a period of time, the result is what the artist refers to as “decay drawings.” Whole newspapers and magazines are drowned in chemical solutions, the result a pillowy mass of crystalline forms, and vast sheets of vinyl area rubbed with printers CMYK.

Everett’s recent solo exhibition at the Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York, and the work he showed at Terence Kohs “Asian Song Society,” combined all of his various processes into what could be called transcendent earth art, in which the sheets are transformed through exposure to earthly matter.

There is something melancholy about both the work itself, and the process by which it is achieved. As if the immersion of the materials achieves a sort of chrysalis-like transcendence. The title of his solo show at the Edlin Gallery, “Buried Sky” is suggestive of such a change, as if something has been irrevocably altered, forcing the viewer to attempt to redefine what they already know.

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