SKYLAR FEIN

Giant Metal Matchboxes

April 24 – May 10, 2014

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Yosemite, 2014
painted aluminum, wood, and rubber
​24 x 24 x 4.5 inches

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Yosemite [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4.5 inches

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Yosemite [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4.5 inches

 

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What You Want is Alive and Real, 2014
painted aluminum, wood, and rubber
​26 x 24 x 4 inches

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What You Want is Alive and Real [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

26 x 24 x 4 inches

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What You Want is Alive and Real [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

26 x 24 x 4 inches

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Twelve Proven Ways to Get a Raise, 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Twelve Proven Ways to Get a Raise [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Twelve Proven Ways to Get a Raise [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Top Rolling Papers, 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

28 x 24 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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Top Rolling Papers [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

28 x 24 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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Top Rolling Papers [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

28 x 24 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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Thank You, 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4 inches

[SOLD]

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Thank You [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4 inches

[SOLD]

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Thank You [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4 inches

[SOLD]

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Success Without College, 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

30 x 23 x 6 inches

[SOLD]

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Success Without College [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

30 x 23 x 6 inches

[SOLD]

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Success Without College [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

30 x 23 x 6 inches

[SOLD]

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Lucky Strike, 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4 inches

[SOLD]

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Lucky Strike [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4 inches

[SOLD]

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Lucky Strike [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4 inches

[SOLD]

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Let Us Now Close Ranks (Ford/Reagan), 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

26.5 x 24 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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Let Us Now Close Ranks (Ford/Reagan) [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

26.5 x 24 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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Let Us Now Close Ranks (Ford/Reagan) [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

26.5 x 24 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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Learn Basic Computer Programming, 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

30 x 24 x 4.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Learn Basic Computer Programming [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

30 x 24 x 4.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Learn Basic Computer Programming [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

30 x 24 x 4.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Isn't it Great to be an American (Levi's), 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 6.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Isn't it Great to be an American (Levi's) [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 6.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Isn't it Great to be an American (Levi's) [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 6.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Howard Johnson's, 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

27 x 24 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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Howard Johnson's [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

27 x 24 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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Howard Johnson's [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

27 x 24 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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How-dee-licious (Minnie Pearl), 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4 inches

[SOLD]

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How-dee-licious (Minnie Pearl) [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4 inches

[SOLD]

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How-dee-licious (Minnie Pearl) [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 4 inches

[SOLD]

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GE Soft White, 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

30 x 24 x 4.5 inches

[SOLD]

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GE Soft White [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

30 x 24 x 4.5 inches

[SOLD]

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Draw Winky, 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 3 inches

[SOLD]

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Draw Winky [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 3 inches

[SOLD]

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Draw Winky [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

24 x 24 x 3 inches

[SOLD]

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Draw Spunky, 2014
painted aluminum, wood, rubber
​25 x 24 x 4 inches

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Draw Spunky [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

25 x 24 x 4 inches

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Draw Spunky [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

25 x 24 x 4 inches

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Can You Draw Me? (Cowboy), 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

25 x 24 x 4.25 inches

[SOLD]

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Can You Draw Me? (Cowboy) [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

25 x 24 x 4.25 inches

[SOLD]

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Can You Draw Me? (Cowboy) [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

25 x 24 x 4.25 inches

[SOLD]

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1000 Stamps (JFK), 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

31 x 22 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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1000 Stamps (JFK) [side view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

31 x 22 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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1000 Stamps (JFK) [interior view], 2014

painted aluminum, wood, and rubber

31 x 22 x 5 inches

[SOLD]

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1000 Stamps (Eleanor Roosevelt) [side view], 2014
painted aluminum, wood, rubber
​31 x 22.5 x 4 inches

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1000 Stamps (Eleanor Roosevelt), 2014
painted aluminum, wood, rubber
​31 x 22.5 x 4 inches

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1000 Stamps (Eleanor Roosevelt) [interior view], 2014
painted aluminum, wood, rubber
31 x 22.5 x 4 inches

SKYLAR FEIN III Giant Metal Matchbooks

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is proud to announce Giant Metal Matchbooks, new metal sculptures by artist Skylar Fein.  This special exhibition, in conjunction with New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, will be on view from 24 April through 10 May, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, 3 May from 6-9pm.

 

Fein is best known for working with wood. But for this new series, the artist learned how to work with aluminum, an entirely new material for him. The result is a freshness that is obvious on first sight. 

 

Fein says of the new work: 

 

But why matchbooks? A common object is a perfect meeting place. That's an Oldenburg quote, I think from the 1980s, and it's still true - in objects we discover society, and in objects society discovers itself. The most banal objects are anything but.

 

Obviously Claes Oldenburg's giant sculptures are forerunners here, along with a dash of Warhol's Brillo boxes and a side of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." Small isn't trivial. Oldenburg said he was going for something giant that was simultaneously antimonumental. It's a paradox but we're stuck in it so we may as well enjoy it.

The matchbooks open up, revealing - yes, giant wooden matches, with realistic match heads. Do they light? Not exactly. But they burn.

 

Skylar Fein was born in Greenwich Village and raised in the Bronx. He has had many careers including teaching nonviolent resistance under the umbrella of the Quakers, working for a gay film festival in Seattle, stringing for The New York Times and as pre-med student at University of New Orleans where he moved one week before Hurricane Katrina hit. 

 

In the wreckage of New Orleans, Fein found his new calling as an artist, experimenting with color and composition of the detritus of Katrina. His work soon became known for its pop sensibility as well as its hard-nosed politics.

 

Skylar Fein was the recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and his work is in several prominent collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, The Louisiana State Museum, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art and collectors Beth Rudin DeWoody, Lance Armstrong, and Lawrence Benenson.