Foxy Production

Jonathan Delachaux and Lizzie Fitch

16 Jan - 28 Mar 2009

Installation view
Photo by Mark Woods

January 16 - March 28, 2009
Opens January 16 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Foxy Production presents Geneva-based painter Jonathan Delachaux and Philadelphia-based sculptor Lizzie Fitch in an exhibition that places the figure within revealing new fields of association. Both artists create identities that seem to be unraveling before our eyes, caught within ever tangling narrative threads.
Jonathan Delachaux portrays characters within extended storylines that explore the mythological resonance of the figure within the painted scene. He uses a highly unusual technique: painting on plastic film in reverse, with the final layer of paint applied being, in effect, the background; he then places the painted plastic on a canvas and, when dry, removes the plastic to reveal a painting with an uncannily flat, photographic quality. In this series of paintings, Delachaux's characters build a Golem, the man-made creature of clay first cited in the Talmud. But rather than being the subject of a precise moral narrative, the Golem in Delachaux's works literally muddies canvases, the scenes upon them, and the relationship between canvas and scene. The works move from almost cinematic depictions to stylized, impressionistic views where the plastic film of the artist's process becomes a central subject of the painting itself. It is as if the Golem has run amok in the artist's studio, contaminating the artistic process, like a primeval computer virus, and in doing so confounds the divisions between artist, process, and product.
Lizzie Fitch's sculptural work brings together disparate objects, styles, and modes of assembly to construct figures and environments that push the limits of what the body is, and what it can represent. Inspired by the cut and paste of digital technology, she combines clothing fresh from the store, hand-made items she has purchased, objects she has fashioned herself, and cast body parts, among many other elements, in works that range from the figurative to the radically deconstructed. Even though her choice of materials is broad and their arrangements remarkably varied, each work maintains an expansive, anthropomorphic quality that hovers between figurative resolve and dissolution. The panoply of objects that Fitch uses coheres into moody narratives that place the viewer within a seductive, yet conflicted space of both lyrical engagement and unease. Fitch creates an evocative theater of the body, where definitions of character and self, of persona and person, are rendered dangerously and delightfully unstable.
Both Delachaux and Fitch's work brings to mind, in different ways, the theater productions and paintings of avant-garde Polish artist and director Tadeusz Kantor, in particular his use of mannequins as central players, and body parts as costume. It is as if Delachaux and Fitch have taken on board his project to continually reinvent the figure within ever broadening terms of reference, to expand exponentially upon what the human body can represent.
Jonathan Delachaux (Môtiers, Switzerland, 1976) lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. He studied at the Ecole supérieure d'arts visuels, Geneva. He has exhibited at New Galerie de France, Paris (solo) (2008); I Sotteranei dell'Arte, Monte Carasso, Switzerland; Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (two person); Môtiers 2007 art en plein air, Môtiers, Switzerland (all 2007); Galerie Haas & Fischer, Zürich (solo); Open House Musée Rath, Geneva; Schweizerische Botschaft, Berlin (solo) (all 2006); Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva (2004); and Centre PasquArt, Bienne, Switzerland (2004).
Lizzie Fitch (Bloomington IN, 1981) lives and works in Philadelphia PA. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited at the De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands, as part of Lustwarande 08; in We've Got Tissues at Okay Mountain, Austin TX (both 2008); and in a two person exhibition at Bobo's on 9th, Philadelphia (2007). She has exhibited in collaboration with Ryan Trecartin at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York; Crane Arts, Philadelphia PA (both 2007); and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2006). She has performed with The Experimental People Band in New York, New Orleans and Cleveland.
Lizzie Fitch’s works in this exhibition were developed during a recent residency at PICA, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
For further information on the exhibition or high resolution images contact the gallery: +1 212 239 2758

Tags: Lizzie Fitch, Tadeusz Kantor, Ryan Trecartin