JIM WOODRING | YOU DRIVE!
NEW DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS
Scott Eder Gallery
January 10 – February 27, 2015
Opening reception January 10th, 6 PM
The show opens on Saturday, January 10th, with an artist reception from 6-8pm. Books and two limited-edition screen prints will also be available for purchase.
Scott Eder Gallery is located at: 18 Bridge St. | 2nd floor Brooklyn, NY 11201. Open Tuesday – Friday, 1-6
Jim Woodring has earned international acclaim and numerous awards for his visionary use of cartooning to express his view of life’s hidden mysteries. His comics and art are charged with the authentic intensity of a genuinely mystical imagination.
Woodring’s artistic process is the most direct possible: a vision appears on the screen of his mind and he translates it to paper or canvas. He doesn’t work in series, or explore selected themes. His images are born of unprecedented impulses, manifested as anecdotal puzzle-pictures, condensed metaphysical fables intended to be gazed upon in leisure and at length, allowing the eyes to move from one element to another as the implications slowly emerge and form a single idiosyncratic history.
A great talent! -George Lois
Woodring considers himself primarily a cartoonist, however: “First, last and always, everything I do is a cartoon. This is a boast, not modesty.” For the past 30 years he’s produced a mingled cascade of drawings, comics, paintings, designs and sculptures, all reflecting his lifelong obsession with the invisible, hidden or revealed world. Fantagraphics has published five major titles by Woodring, as well as his sketchbooks and anthologies. Starting in late 2013, he dedicated himself exclusively to producing major charcoal drawings and oil paintings, attaining in the process new levels of complexity and depth.
This current exhibition at Scott Eder Gallery, our second Woodring solo show, showcases these new drawings and paintings, as well as selected pages from Fran, Woodring’s most recent graphic novel, Fran.
>Winner, 2014 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize
>Ranked #4 on Time’s Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels of 2013
>A New York Times 2013 Holiday Gift Guide selection
>A Comics Grinder Guide to Graphic Novels 2013 selection
>Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013
>One of Victor Kerlow’s Best Comics of 2013 at the Atomic Books Blog
For the past 20 years or so, Jim Woodring’s beloved tri-lobular chuck-buster Frank has enjoyed one mind-bending catastrophe after another in the treacherous embrace of The Unifactor, the land into which he was born and from which escape seemed neither desirable nor likely. And then, abruptly, in 2011’s acclaimed Congress of the Animals (the second Woodring original graphic novel, following Weathercraft) Frank did leave the Unifactor for uncharted lands beyond – where, after a string of trials, he acquired a soul mate named Fran.
This development raised far more questions than it answered. Would Frank become placid and domesticated? Would he be jilted? Would he turn out to be a dreadful cad? Would he become a downtrodden and exhausted paterfamilias staring vacantly into the dimming fire of life as obnoxious grandchildren pulled his peg-like ears and stole his porridge?
The answers to these fruitless speculations and many more are delivered in a devastatingly unpredictable fashion in Fran, which is in effect part two of Congress of the Animals. Fans of Frank, connoisseurs of bizarre romance, and spelunkers in the radiant depths of graphic metaphysical psychodrama will want to add this singular cartoon adventure story to their lifetime reading list.
Jim Woodring was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and enjoyed a childhood made interesting by frequent hallucinations, apparitions, disembodied voices and other psychological malfunctions.
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Scott Eder Gallery — located in DUMBO — is New York City’s only gallery devoted exclusively to the art of comics.