Opening Reception Thursday, April 12, 2012
6 – 8:30 PM
734 7th Street, SE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003
Lots of art is euphemistically said to speak
to us; Gary Fisher’s latest collection articulately
invites us to shed our inhibitions and appreciate
the male nude without guilt or judgement. This
work doesn’t just belong on our walls as
decoration, it belongs in our lives as inspiration
to be comfortable in our own skin.
On a primal level, each piece makes us want to
join the model…to feel the same freedom. One can
easily imagine the artist’s instruction to the model,
just take off your clothes and make yourself
comfortable, as if he’s talking to you. Mentally
accept that invitation for even a moment, and
become engulfed in the natural beauty and
masculinity each piece delivers.
As the men stretch, flex, and relax, Fisher defines
and captures a sense of virility and beauty much
more complex than the male nude form itself. The
images are reflective of the ideal male, powerful
yet refined. His masterfully varied strokes, bold
lines, and sparse use of color combine to soften
the angularity of male geometry and construct
a powerful new masculinity tinged with sensuality.
These paintings and drawings stick with you. Linger
in front of one and take in its full message – you’re
sure to smell the testosterone.