The Inspiration of Jeff Faerber
The next splendid and talented person to exhibit their work at the White Rabbit will be artist and illustrator, Jeff Faerber.
(NSFW. Scroll down while at work at your own risk.)
With a nod to the pop surreal, the figures in Jeff’s works are reminiscent of Egon Schiele’s: thin and bony, yet more mischievous than melancholy. Many of his works wax political with portraits of the most familiar talking heads of our times, while Jeff also explores his love for life, erotica and his environs with an eclectic mixture of subjects and emotions.
From his bio:
“I am fascinated by the act of creation, whether in a set of beliefs or in a painting. By recreating the world—making a fake world on a two-dimensional surface—I often find a truth more understandable than that of the real world. What systems can I (we) create to understand the universe, good and evil, bliss? Metaphors simplify elusive ideas so one’s mind can wrap around them. I use them to help define an emotion, capture a faint impression of reality—evil can become a snake, God’s spirit can descend like a dove, a downcast eye can define sadness. The intangible become tangible.”
Anagnorisis’ Samantha Levin squeezed in a quick few questions for Jeff while he ferociously worked on new paintings for his upcoming exhibit, A Tiny Simulacrum of Something Profound:
Samantha Levin: What inspires you?
Jeff Faerber: Well, that is a broad question, so I’ll answer it broadly. I am inspired by a wide range of things, from movies to music to artwork, to hand holding at dusk on beaches. I could make a huge list of specific artists, moviemakers, authors, and life experiences but, really, who wants to read that? I guess basically anything that can make me think interesting thoughts or feel strong emotions can become the building blocks of inspiration. And yellow curry.
SL: I feel as if your work shows a simple and direct reflection of your thoughts and concerns: Sex, Politics and Life. Is that accurate?
JF: It’s like you know me! Maybe squeeze in a twist of the subconscious (or dream logic) in there and I think the cake is baked.
SL: Do you place any kind of differential line between ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Illustration’? Your work seems to land in various places on a spectrum that can lead one way or another, where, in my mind, ‘Illustration’ conveys meaning in a more direct way while ‘Fine Art’ tends to be more ambiguous or even nonsensical.
JF: Tomayto, Tomahto. I try not to think about it too much. These distinctions seem more limiting and I’d like my artwork to encompass the entire spectrum without being pigeonholed. The “market” tries its best to impose these terms on artists, I try to remain blissfully ignorant.
A Finite End Hidden in Her Skin
Jeff is an accomplished illustrator and has worked with a wide variety of clients and collectors. His work is versatile having been tattooed on sexy Suicide Girls as well as gracing the cover of Three Days’ Grace‘s first album (really sorry for the bad pun).
Jeff grew up in CA and studied art at San José State University (San José, CA) and School of Visual Arts (NYC). His art has appeared in all sorts of fancy magazines, books, CDs, and websites. He has show extensively in New York, as well as many other major cities in the U.S. and abroad. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with a very classy lady and two cats.
Please join us for the opening reception for A Tiny Simulacrum of Something Profound coming up in only a few weeks. That link will lead you to our Facebook event page. We will have music and drink specials, not to mention some special guests!
September 3 at 7:00pm – 10pm
White Rabbit Lounge
145 East Houston St (between Eldridge and Forsyth)
Jeff’s work will be on view through to September 28.
If you’re interested in purchasing any of his work, please contact us here at Anagnorisis Fine Arts. There’s an online gallery with a partial listing of works that will be on view here.