Thursday, March 3, 2011
"No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn", Jason Fondren @ Silver Meteor Gallery
Jason is leaving Tampa for the Janus Collaborative School in Brooklyn, NYC. He explained to me that it's more of an Atelier, wherein one works on their own works in the same studio(s) as the three masters he will be mentored by. This show, "No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn" was his last in Tampa. It was held at the Silver Meteor Gallery, and curated by gallery owner, Michael A. Murphy.
Note the stylized, dramatic pose, and exquisitely detailed emphasis on the strain on the body's musculature.
The Classical Realism movement is a return to Pre-Modernist ideas and values, incorporating elements of Academic and Impressionist techniques. I get the feeling that the real strength here does not derive from a mere fundamentalistic return to an earlier era, but a recontextualized and revitalized version of Classical Realism in today's world.
I want to take this opportunity to bid Jason a fond farewell, and to wish him the best with his art. Hopefully, we will be hearing from him in this space.