- 12:54 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
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I’m pretty excited that a retrospective of artist Tony Feher’s work is coming to Houston, to the Blaffer Art Museum, during 2012. New Yorkers can look forward to the exhibition, organized by the Blaffer, opening at the Bronx Museum in October 2013.
Like many artists we feature on Unconsumption, Feher sees beauty in everyday things.
“I think there’s beauty and importance and character in absolutely everyone and everything. A single pebble on a beach is as extraordinary as a mountaintop. I look for the ‘trick’ in materials, that indescribable something that allows me to exploit an object for my own purposes: a reflection of light, a color, a play of density versus transparency, a little something that sets it off.”
The materials Feher uses — bottles, jars, plastic bags, packing materials, coins, beverage crates — reflect our throwaway culture. He emphasizes arrangement over embellishment, allowing the items to transcend their intended purposes.
When you peel the label off a plastic water bottle, you don’t have the trapping of uniform or class that distinguishes it from others. You are rendered to this anonymous generic bottle. Some bottles are too loaded for me, ones that have an identity with the label off. It’s more that I am taking advantage of a thing that was there, and how it feels and what it does with light and condensation. That is what catches my eye, like a sparkly chip of glass on the street.
Quotes: top, via Des Moines Art Center, where the exhibition just opened; bottom, ArtSlant.
Photos: top and center (jars), via Box Vox; bottom, D’Amelio Gallery.
We seldom see quotidian materials look this beautiful, right?