Gallery Openings and Events

The Fridge Presents Transmogrification

Photo courtesy of The Fridge.

Photo courtesy of The Fridge.

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Currently on view through October 11.

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Jeffrey Herrity melds porcelain forms from seemingly disparate parts inspired by the artist’s personal history such as cows, bunnies, angels, children and eggs. The resulting works are at once whimsical and haunting. For Transmogrification, Herrity breaks from his past strict black and white palette to incorporate touches of striking blues, oranges, reds and more. His trademark porcelain slip cast figures will be juxtaposed with found objects like Tunisian bird cages and powder-coated metalwork to create new narratives. Fifteen works comprised of more than 100 pieces will be on view.

With this exhibition, Herrity combines themes from deeply personal past works with new elements that enable the artist to remark on contemporary national trends in the formation and expression of identity. Black and white porcelain figures familiar to the viewer from the artist’s breakout solo show at Hillyer Art Space in 2014 are elevated to new, complex fields of meaning when given an incongruously-situated, rainbow assortment of limbs and appendages. The figures will stand alone and be placed in dreamlike, symbolically-rich vignettes.

Herrity’s works comment on the possibility, or impossibility, of genuine shifts in personal identities through the purchase of permanent, external body modifications, such as plastic surgery and tattoos, in a time when these behaviors and their associated media-fueled conversations are becoming commonplace.

The artist says, “Can we say that a person experiences a fundamental shift in their identity through the acquisition of a new nose or chin? How does that narrative change when we consider the journey of someone like Caitlyn Jenner? If we change the external, does the internal follow? Or when we look in the mirror, will we still feel our same old nose hiding under the new one?”

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday – Saturday: Noon to 8pm
  • Sunday: 1pm to 5pm

The Fridge is located on 8th Street SE, Barracks Row in Eastern Market at 516 1/2 8th St. SE in the rear alley.

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