D’Amelio Terras, New York
March 22 – May 3, 2008
D’Amelio Terras is pleased to present a Front Room exhibition by Tony Feher of seminal works dating from 1987 to 1993 that employ the use of a “vessel”. These works are the first examples where Feher utilized found and forgotten materials such as marbles, lidded jars, chips of glass, coal and washers in order to create formal, Post-Minimal sculpture imbued with personal and poetic resonance. This will be Feher’s fifth one-person exhibition with the gallery. Concurrently, a show of new sculpture will be held at PaceWildenstein, 32 East 57th Street.
Tony Feher arrived in New York in 1981 and six years later turned his attention away from painting toward the formal diversity of objects and materials culled from the sideshow of consumer culture. Prompted by the reflective brilliance of new marbles displayed in the window of an East Village children’s store, Feher began creating his first mature sculpture in 1987. With their ribbed sides and golden lids, he would involve a utilitarian counterpoint to the flotsam he collected in the form of an equally common and unassuming honey jar. These first sculptures were the genesis of a lifelong exploration of sculptural assemblage. Speaking of the chips of glass, Tony Feher said in a March 2001 interview with Adam Weinberg:
“I pick theses things up because I’m curious. And I’ll think, this really is a remnant of our society… And then I become obsessed, and I’ll fill a whole honey jar with these things, and feel as if I just took a swipe across the night sky, grabbed a fistful of stardust, and put it in a jar.”