Jesse The Body

Jesse The Body

Jesse Harris

From July 2nd to July 27th
Opening July 4th, 2008 from 7-10pm

Toronto/Earth artist Jesse Harris presents a small body of brand new works in signage, painting, sculpture and tape.

He wishes this was said of his project:

“There is a refreshing candour, a willingness to view things differently, a quality of energy and creativity, courage unqualified by great age, constructive impatience, frequent humour and enthusiasm and, especially nowadays, a sense of communality.”

Or rather:

“An endearing mess…providing a boogie-down back-drop for a radical (and witty) political message of unbridled personal freedom and skepticism of authority.”

Jesse is a recent graduate of the Guelph University Fine art Department. His work falls somewhere between Conceptual and Pop art. Through text and gesture, Jesse The Body explores tried and tested strategies taken from the canon of art history and rebel culture. The show features enlarged pinback button replicas, makeshift protest signage, strobe-lightboxes, black leather and a few attempts at painting without painting.

“Is it far-fetched to postulate that a childs first wrestling with the vagaries of the English alphabet(s) and spelling may prepare the ground for doubt about the adult world of teachers and parents, and nurture emotional and temperamental traits that will later be expressed in truancy and worse. As we have seen, delinquency and backwardness in reading are old companions.”

WRITE-HANDED WORDO WITH READ EYES, KNOWSBLEEDS AND GALLERGIES ASKS: DID YOU GET MY LETTERS?! (- with an interrobang instead of both marks)