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"Moron by Scott Teplin / Spin Cycle by Jeff Scher"
2003-04-04 until 2003-05-11
Jessica Murray Projects
Brooklyn, NY, USA United States of America

Jessica Murray Projects is pleased to announce "Moron" by Scott Teplin and "Spin Cycle" by Jeff Scher. Scott Teplinís new works on paper examines a fantastical intersection between word play and private bodily function. Jeff Scherís short films "Spin Cycle" and "Still Loaf with Guitar" continue his long fascination with the illusion of motion via animation.



Focusing on our physical and intellectual shortcomings, Scott Teplin exposes the humorous discomfort associated with sexual, intellectual, and abstinent failure. Painted on paper in an array of pastel watercolors, Teplin seduces the viewer with his playful palette of baby pink, yellow, and blue. Teplin creates a tension between his exquisitely drawn images and his shameful subjects.

In Teplinís drawing "Moron Tissue," the artist forms an image of a science experiment that aims at demonstrating the nature of stupidity. A long tube winds through a bubble gum like substance, out through billowy teats, and into a barrel of mysterious liquid. The words "Moron" and "Tissue" hang above Teplinís experiment like signage for a favorite chocolate bar or soft drink.

Scott Teplinís work has been selected for solo-exhibitions at Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn; DiverseWorks, Houston; Howard House Gallery, Seattle; and Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York. He has been included in exhibitions at: PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of Art, Artists Space, Drawing Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Nicole Klagsbrun; Bucheon Gallery (San Francisco); and Free Gallery (Glasgow). Teplin's work has been acquired by many institutions including: Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Altoids Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, Harvard University, and the New York Public Library. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times and Creative Review Magazine (London).


Exploiting the iconographic nature of white bread, Jeff Scher creates a panorama of color and optical effects.

Comprising 78 paintings on paper, "Spin Cycle" features a single slice of Wonder Bread rotating in limbo. As the film progresses, Scher adds layers of paint and collage to the individual frames and then re-photographs them. The result is a film that blooms with successive additions of color and texture until the image evolves into a dense and rigorous cinematic event.

Jeff Scherís work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Academy Film Archives, Hirshhorn Museum, Pompidou Centre, Musee díArt Moderne, Vienna Kunsthalle and the Austrian National Film Archive. His films have been included in film festivals around the world including New York Film Festival. His films have been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, PS 1, The Guggenheim Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, Creative Capitol, and the American Film Institute.

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