Never Paint Again

JANCAR GALLERY is pleased to announce a special exhibition of work by Doug Harvey:
May 19 - June 16, 2012
Opening reception for the artist: Saturday, May 19, from 6 - 9 PM

TEL 213 625-2522
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5 PM (and by appointment)

"The major portion of this exhibit came to me in a dream about 6 months ago – the giant sculptural/architectural painting/installation in the front, leading into the series of collages in the backroom. In the dream it was specifically installed in Jancar Gallery, and I pitched it to Tom on that basis, without expecting him to take me up. I often dream of artworks, but this one was unusual because all the elements for the main piece - some very specific - were materials that I had on hand.

Plus I had been looking for a new modular configuration for my collage works, which the dream prefigured. The resulting collages will eventually comprise an experimental non-linear novel of sixty-four 50 X 38 inch pages, entitled The Cryogenic Angel, the first chapter of which (History Lessens) was recently shown at Beacon Arts Building as part of the LOOP show. Never Paint Again debuts the second and third chapters, Eradication Age and Lorem ipsum Über Alles, as well as the first two verses of the fourth chapter, Reified Beans.

"Never Paint Again" also marks the release of a hand-crafted zine entitled Pussy Pussy in a limited edition of 40, edited by me and created in collaboration with other artists. Seven of the 40 are deluxe collectors editions, housed in a set of chairs – unauthorized collaborations with designers Mark Zuckerman and Monty Lawton, a stack of whose transparent plexi “pocket chairs” I found legless on the streets of Culver City, and made whole to the best of my abilities. The idea of using pocket chairs as display/distribution racks for a DIY publication I stole from Mark Dutcher."

In addition, a number of related performances will take place on the evening of the opening.

POSTSCRIPT: After being laid flat with a combined attack of viral meningitis and the gout for the duration of the show, I reemerged briefly for a closing event that included a walkthrough/discussion, but was mainly centered around the disconnection of the supports and collapse of the moldy stretcher architecture. We disconnected the secondary supports and left the main one in place while further drinking and discussion occurred, but just as Don Suggs and Linda Stark were passing under the arch (Chapel Perilous!) it started to list and creak. They got out of the way just as it came crashing down in a heap! I had a gout relapse, and Tom Jancar kindly broke the stretchers down and left them in the street, phoning them in as abandoned trash for the City of Los Angeles' official Collectors.

Never Paint Again Image Gallery

Never Paint Again Opening Images Gallery (Photos by Robert Zargoski)

Deconstructing Never Paint Again - Daniel Hawkins photos