Wallpaper pattern and potted plants, shop windows and baroque foyers, Joni Mitchell and Justice. These are the things that Jeffry Mitchell and a curator are talking about right now. By the time this catalog is in your hands these disparate elements will have coalesced into something beautiful and strange.
Mitchell is a darling/daring, sculptor, ceramist, printmaker, painter and conceptual artist who references a wide spectrum of art history, the decorative arts, kitsch and pop culture. His fascination with materials and their subtext leads to the creation of work that is both high and low. Moments of ecstasy, brutality, beauty and frivolity are hewn in lumps of clay, pristine paper cuttings, sweet drawings, wall hangings and paintings.
Jeffry Mitchell has had solo shows at the Henry Gallery, University of Washington; Diverseworks, Houston (TX); White Columns (NY); the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NY); and the Seattle Art Museum. He was recently selected as one of five artists to present work as part of the 2008 Northwest Artist Awards at the Portland Art Museum. His works are in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the New York Public Library, and the Seattle Art Museum, among others. Mitchell is represented by Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery (OR) and James Harris Gallery (WA).