Industry Gallery Hosts "din-din" – An Exhibition of New Work by Jerry Mischak

By Editorial Team on November 3, 2010
Opening Reception: November 6 from 6pm to 8pm
Studio view with elements for dinner table/such a night © Jerry Mischak, courtesy Industry Gallery

Industry Gallery will host din-din, an exhibition of new work by Jerry Mischak, opening November 6, 2010, 6-8 PM, and running through December 18, 2010.  Mischak, a senior critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, visiting professor at Brown University and instructor at the University of Rhode Island, will exhibit one large-scale installation and twelve chairs, all unique prototypes.  The installation piece dinner table/such a night is a 36-foot long table with 40 plates, 80 pieces of flat ware, 45 glasses, 25 empty wine bottles, and 100 empty water bottles, all wrapped in more than 3000 yards of orange vinyl tape.   The exhibition’s 12 chairs are found objects reconstructed via sanding, cutting with the addition of plastic, Styrofoam and wood, and all encased in colored vinyl tape.

Mischak uses tape as a unifying element, or as he says, “a skin that covers a number of objects into a common form.”  The tape appeals both for its color and as a bonding material.  He rarely ever works with sketches and never with a computer.  His works are developed through trial and error and a sculptural process of adding and subtracting.  Mischak says each piece “develops in real time and real space” and explains that with the chairs he is reinventing and redefining how each function with the body, likening the result to cover versions of well-known songs created by jazz musicians.

Speaking of the exhibition, Mischak said dinner table/such a night “evokes the remnants and memories of a grand dinner. Who was there? Who did you sit next to? What were the conversations? What was the food like? Did it get out of hand? Did you say the wrong things? Did you move ahead with your career? The chairs are separate thoughts from the enormous table, although as chairs they can relate.”

About the Artist
Mischak grew up in Newark, New Jersey, in a house that he says had his first two studios – the dining room and front porch his mother converted into a beauty parlor, and a dirt floor basement where he built monsters and made movies with an 8mm Bell and Howell camera.  These were the places he could be alone and creative.  “I once made a figure out of wood wrapped it with strips of white cloth, put it in a metal box and buried it in the back yard.  It was after to my first viewing of The Mummy with Boris Karloff, my mom got worried she thought I was getting a little crazy. It was a time and world of fantasies, and performance while building the objects that helped create these stories.”

“I feel that my work comes out of those early exploits and the industrial urban sections of Jersey where I would travel as a kid and later as a teen. Where the bridges embrace the port and the factory buildings.”

Mischak cites an affinity for the work of Jorge Pardo, Ernesto Neto and Franz West for “their ability and vision to cross lines of sculpture, architecture and design.”  He also admires the work of Tejo Remy & René Veenhuizen, saying “to me they are always on the edge, their concepts are genuine, clear and sometimes humorous.”

Mischak received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has exhibited his work at the Palmer Museum, Penn State University; Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA; Islip Art Museum; Lehman College Art Gallery, NY; Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NY; Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York; the Boston Center for the Arts; and, Diverse Works Gallery, Houston.  Mischak is also a recipient of the Howard Foundation Fellowship and Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship.

Industry Gallery is located at 1358 Florida Ave., NE, 2d Floor, Washington DC 20002, (202) 399 1730.  The gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM, and by appointment.