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"Jeremy Weis: Operation as Inspiration"
2003-06-28 until 2003-09-07
Fuller Museum of Art
USA United States of America
The Fuller Museum of Art will present Jeremy Weis: Operation as Inspiration from June 28 through September 7, 2003 – a superb exhibition of craft that combines fantasy, social commentary and humor in methodically ordered curio case collections. Artist Jeremy Weis walks the streets of New Bedford searching for enigmatic fragments of discarded objects like an archaeologist hunting fossils. He sifts through grit and debris, choosing small man-made castoffs that suggest clues and evidence of our existence through the things we use and discard in our everyday lives.
He selects items "with an ‘engraved past,’ an undefinable mysterious energy that supplies evidence, discloses private meetings and romances and exudes use." He moves "with the determination of a collector, fixed on acquiring objects that contain a somewhat magical, and intrinsic potency."
The objects provide the artist with a visual language out of which he creates small dramas. Arranging his collections in containers, cabinets and cases of his own construction, Weis references wondercabinets and museological displays that hold methodical and ordered arrangements to serve as windows into another world. Through an implementation of homespun kinetics and interactive electromechanical display, along with an embellishment of surface through painted illusion, he leads the viewer visually, emotionally and spirtually deeper into his work.
Weis aims to seduce the viewer with an intimate immensity derived from his own galaxy of daydreams and fantasies, experiences and realities. His pseudo curio cases are the outcome of a journey into the collecting of familiar and unfamiliar man-made objects and are meant to imply or suggest allegory, both sincere and humorous. His work is intended to instigate fantasy, address contemporary issues and place the viewer somewhere between contemplation and laughter.