CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/15/2023
Wednesday, March 15 at 7 PM EST, 192 Books and Paula Cooper Gallery present a launch event for Tony Feher: Drawings, published by Gregory R. Miller & Co. Author Josh Pazda will appear in conversation with Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard and Carrie Yamaoka, moderated by Kim Conaty.
American artist Tony Feher (1956–2016) was best known for his sculptures and site-determined installations made of ubiquitous, everyday objects such as plastic bottles, glass jars, marbles, twine, cardboard boxes and other mass-produced items. It is less well known was that he was also a prolific draftsman who drew incessantly throughout his career. At the time of his death in 2016, Feher had assembled an archive of nearly 1,000 drawings—on napkins, discarded correspondence, restaurant menus, lined paper—which are now in the collection of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In hasty arrays of image and text, these drawings reflect the same singular wit and aesthetic sensitivity that underpinned all his work.
This monograph presents for the first time a selection of Feher's drawings: full of jokes, poems, schematic illustrations and the repeated images (such as a jug of water hung on cord) that would later populate his sculptural installations.
Nancy Brooks Brody is an artist born, raised, and working in New York City. Brody’s practice employs the physicality of materials and location. Using math and measure, her drawings and paintings engage the boundaries of the plane or surface itself. Her site-specific work activates the cubic volume of the room. Embedding a line or shape directly into the wall reconfigures and shifts the way the entire space is inhabited and perceived. Brody is a founding member of the queer artist collective fierce pussy.
Kim Conaty is the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Prior to joining the Whitney in 2017, Conaty was a curator at the Rose Art Museum and The Museum of Modern Art.
Joy Episalla is an interdisciplinary artist whose work repositions photographic and moving-image practices into the territory of sculpture. New York based Episalla is a longtime AIDS activist and a founding member of the queer art collective fierce pussy.
Zoe Leonard is an artist working with photography, sculpture and installation. She has exhibited widely since the early 1990s and is a founding member of the queer art collective fierce pussy.
Josh Pazda is an art historian who lives and works in Houston, Texas. He holds an MA in art history from the University of Houston. He is a partner in Josh Pazda Hiram Butler, a contemporary art gallery with a cross-generational program that presents contemporary and historical artworks in a manner that focuses on connoisseurship and beauty. His essays have appeared in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, On Site: 50 Years of Public Art of the University of Houston System, and in numerous exhibition catalogues for Pazda Butler gallery.
Carrie Yamaoka is a New York based visual artist. She is interested in the topography of surfaces, the tactility of the barely visible, and the chain of incidents that determine the outcome of the object. Her work engages the viewer at the intersection between records of chemical action/reaction and the desire to apprehend a picture emerging in fleeting and unstable states of transformation. She is also a founding member of the queer art collective fierce pussy.
Presented by 192 Books and Paula Cooper Gallery, this live event will take place in person at 192 Books, 192 10th Avenue, New York City, between 21st and 22nd Street. The event is free, with no reserved seating. Seating is extremely limited and will be first come, first served. Books will be available for purchase at the store. The event will also be available virtually and will be streamed directly on PCG Studio at 7 PM EST. There is no login or rsvp required. A recording will be archived.
Tony Feher: Drawings Panel
192 10th Avenue
New York City, between 21st and 22nd Street
GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.
Hbk, 9 x 11 in. / 194 pgs / 231 color.
$55.00 free shipping