Southampton, NY – Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Jonathan Beer’s first solo exhibition at Tripoli Gallery Southampton. Jonathan Beer | Memory Palace will be an immersive environment in which the artist’s vision is presented through installation, sculpture and painting. From April 13th through May 1st, the artist will be on site, transforming the gallery. An opening reception on Saturday, May 2nd, from 6 to 8 pm, will mark the conclusion of Beer’s residency and the start of the completed exhibition. The exhibition will be on view at 30a Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY through May 25th, 2015.
Memory Palace simultaneously implies the artist in situ and his realms of memory—as it inhabits different rooms within the psyche. This exhibition will serve as a culmination of Beer’s experiences thus far, a totality of the inspirations that he carries; allowing motifs to take form within a created atmosphere.
Time of day underpins much of Jonathan Beer’s artwork—serving both formal and symbolic intentions. Sunset becomes a metaphor for the American Dream—a romanticized, idealized state of wholesome perfection. Its darker counterpoint is dusk—whereby the myth is dimmed and the obscurity of night sets in. Beer paints the gallery walls into actualized sunset and dusk backdrops; beneath them his memory palace is vastly manifested. Elements within Beer’s work, drawn from sources as diverse as painted billboard signs, roadside altars in India, memories of his Romanian father’s chainsaw-carved Brancusi replica, and the news, overlap and interrelate under the broader themes of false fantasy and truth revealed.