Leila Heller Gallery New York is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of the work of American artist Richard Fishman "Break, Blow, Burn,"which began on September 14 and will run until October 15, 2021.
The exhibition consists of a series of 70 small and medium-sized sculptures. The series builds on his previous exhibition What Remains, which explores themes of struggle, survival, and life and death.
As to break, blow, burn, this indicates the Fishman's return to color in a new and unexpected way. The colored works were built on a foundation of bronze or styrene and various ways were explored in an attempt to give form to colour, incorporating color into sculpture rather than simply using it as a surface coating. Using color in this way pushes the changeability of a shape so that it appears to be in continuous motion, almost flowing.
During the height of the epidemic lockdown, the artist began to experiment with unusual household items. He was taking natural things and testing the limits of matter - how far can they bend before they break? How can he make something heavy seem light? How will one substance react to another? This process was not just a means to an end, but his goal was to reveal what he had not known or seen before.
After settling on a sculptural form, Fishman scans natural materials and produces them on a larger scale through 3D printing. By expanding form and altering matter, Fishman reveals a new set of undiscovered truths that only this new perspective sees. Whether the work is made of bronze or polystyrene, whether painted or dyed, each sculpture reveals Fishman's involvement in the process of play and experimentation.
So if you are on the outskirts of the city, do not miss the opportunity to attend this special exhibition.