Contributed by Sharon Butler / Fearless painter Jered Sprecher counts quilts, children�s drawings, signage and gemstones among the diverse source material for his new work on view in “I Always Lie,” his third eye-popping solo show at Jeff Balley. Working on numerous paintings at once, Sprecher says he “feels around in the dark,” attempting to spark unexpected dialogue and casual conversation between them. Because he courts inconsistency, imperfection and all manner of shortcomings, his influential abstractions have always been hard to criticize, and this body of work, incorporating more mimetic imagery and three-dimensional illusion than previous work, continues the tradition.
In the basement, don’t miss “Titled /len/,” a charming exhibition that Sprecher curated, exploring the notions of leaning, propping–anything but traditional hanging. Alisha Kerlin, Carrie Pollack, John O�Connor, Martin McMurray, Mike Andrews present work set along the whitewashed cement ledges, all recently refurbished after a massive flood (thank you Super Storm Sandy). Don’t bump your head as you go down the stairs.
“Jered Sprecher: I Always Lie,” Jeff Bailey Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through March 23, 2013.
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