This past weekend we rushed back from the Comic Con festivities to catch our buddy Jeremy Fish’s new solo show Where Hearts Get Left at Fifty24 Gallery. This was Mr. Fish’s first solo show in some time and, man, did the fans show up. For the majority of the opening the line was around the block. The show, a
sort of definite love letter to the fine city of San Francisco, was also promoting the release of Jeremy’s new book, published by our homie Ryan and friends over at 827Ink. Following WHGL, which runs til September 14th, was the requisite after party at Milk Bar on Haight sponsored by Vapor Room, Upper Playground and yours truly, ToTT Global & fam. A great end to a great art filled night with the King of North Beach. Check out some photos from the night below, as well as a little more info via UP.
“For nearly two decades, New York-born, San Francisco-based Jeremy Fish has evolved from a leading skateboard artist to one of the most praised visual storytellers of his generation. Each body of work he produces becomes a running themed narrative, from the dark underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the reinterpretation of friends and influences stories. An artist in the same vein as Dr. Seuss, Fish has created iconic characters that have grown through the years with the artist, a familiarity that viewers identify as an entry point into the artist’s own imagination and version of the world. Paintings are metaphors for larger storylines, bunnies and turtles reflections of our own path through life, and an embodiment that true folk storytelling is alive and and thriving in the technological age.
For Where Hearts Get Left, Fish has prepared six paintings, four statues, fifty drawings, six screen prints, and an installation specifically created for FIFTY24SF Gallery. The concept for the exhibition is the ever-changing social and physical landscape of San Francisco. “I have lived in this city for almost 20 years, more than half my life” Fish explains. “I have watched the tech boom come and go twice, and the many changes the city becomes subject to as a result. I wanted to focus on “what is it that I still love about this place?” Fish spent six months creating a visual love letter to the greatest city in the world. “I am begging her to not become a sterile West Coast Manhattan any time soon. What are the constants? What are the things I will always love about SF no matter what happens?”
As well as the original artwork presented in Where Hearts Get Left, Fish has created 6 screen prints for the show, each in edition of 100 only available through FIFTY24SF Gallery. There will also be a limited edition, hand bound book featuring 50 black and white drawings, printed in an edition of 100 in a wood and leather cover, printed by Edition One Books in Berkeley, California.”