monoprints 2014 - 2018
Contact: Cecilia Whittaker-Doe, Don Doe
SRO GALLERY is pleased to present Nomadic Mechanics, an exhibition of monoprints by artist Jeffrey Bishop.
Bishop’s work is an energized combination of controlled placement and Surrealist Automatism. Not surprisingly, Bishop cites jazz music as one of his ongoing influences in the studio. “Music (however), of the very contemporary kind, and the latest jazz especially, when it is jagged and dissonant, drives my studio practice as much as anything. Energy, rhythm, improvisation; patterns and riffs that replicate and evaporate are values that infuse the work and suit the nature of abstraction.”
Working alongside master printmaker, Myrna Burks, (at her Orient Point, NY print studio), Bishop fuses printmaking techniques of Silk Screen, Archival Digital Printing, Chine Collé, and in some cases, additions of watercolor, bringing about a slippery tension in an imaginary world that echoes both nature and technology.
Bishop’s biomorphic shapes have much in common with Roberto Matta’s vaguely figural elements caught in states of flux. Forms that we faintly recognize have undergone some unexplained change. Whatever the change, it is felt on an individual level, each viewer taking on the challenge and risk that change implies. Within each of these unique virtuoso prints is an ever - developing synthesis of form intermingling with a dissonant biomechanic landscape.
In Bishop’s own words:
“I draw obliquely from a variety of interests. Physics, cosmology, architecture, poetics and technology are among subjects which consume me but which I pursue and parse with a rather amateur kind of passion. I don't give much credence to "aboutness" and tend not to hinge work to specific conceptual constructs outside the studio. Ideas filter in but the work largely generates itself.”