KATHERINE IRWIN & JERRY THE MARBLE FAUN
SEPT 6 – OCT 30, 2014
Jackie Klempay is pleased to present new works by Katherine Irwin and Jerry The Marble Faun. The exhibition includes Irwin’s murals — depictions of ideal garden landscapes painted directly on the gallery’s walls — alongside The Marble Faun’s hand-carved marble and limestone sculptures. The sculpture, Tounge-tied, represents two gods connected by the mouth and nose, and Pairs portrays the co-dependent nature of Little Edie and Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens. While Irwin paints a variety of subject matter from the figure to food to animals to plants, the landscapes for this exhibition were conceived in collaboration with The Marble Faun’s sculptures, which summon memories of his younger years at Grey Gardens and Greenwood Cemetery. Both artists share a deep appreciation of the natural world, creating works about, and to exist within, real and imagined gardens.
"It has been in my soul this quest to sculpt stone, it began when I was a boy in Brooklyn. Our only green space was Greenwood Cemetery. Our crew of neighborhood kids would run through this cemetery. It was a ritual for us to play, hide and torment our pursuers. Our crew of boys and girls would set out into groups. Once we crawled under the rusted fence surrounding this our park. We would head off onto opposite directions, taunting our night watchman. He knew of our mischievous ways, and despised our presence. That, with some genuine vulgar taunting, made the chase in the cemetery all that more challenging. Off we ran into the night hiding, never vandalizing, always annoying. It was in this park we knew so well that my first appreciation of sculpture began. Headstones and mausoleums made for landmarks. My labor of stone carving was taught to me by a great uncle who taught me masonry.
My life has been one only fate could have designed. In my view, I have many lives to live, travel, and explore. Fate had led me to many ventures that I alone was privy to, including the destiny that became Grey Gardens. Here at the crossroads of my youth did I find refuge from an abusive childhood. Once again fate had taken me onto a journey, which is the corner stone to my entire life.”
-Jerry The Marble Faun
Jerry The Marble Faun (Brooklyn, NY) has been carving stone since 1987. This is his first exhibition outside of The Art Students League, where he honed his craft. Jerry is best know for his appearance in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens by Albert and David Maysles.
Katherine Irwin (b. 1985 Fort Worth, TX) graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2007. Her daily drawing practice can be viewed at whensdessert.tumblr.com.
Jackie Klempay is located at 81 Central Ave (1A) between Melrose and Jefferson Streets, in a ground floor apartment building in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The gallery is open the night of the reception, every Saturday for the exhibition’s duration (1-5 PM), and always by appointment.
Photos thanks to Brad Robotham