Michael Deyermond
This is My Heart Please Don't Use It Against Me
Images | Biography

James Griffith
Images | Biography



March 4 - April 8, 2017

Reception: Saturday, March 4, 5-7PM

Gallery Talk: Saturday, March 18, 11AM

Painting with tar from the La Brea Tar Pits, James Griffith's work embodies the poet Gary Snyder's belief that "our place is part of what we are." His paintings of animals are literally created with a fossil product of geologic time. Each work is an improvisation, allowing this primordial goo to puddle and pool on the surface of the panel into oozy organic abstractions. He then renders the details of each animal by incising into the tar, recalling as he says, another layer of history by referencing 19th century engravings of nature and the development of natural history studies. The work conceptually comes full circle by implying that these animals, painted in tar, are threatened by a world dominated by the use of petrochemicals. Entitled Biophilia, or "love of life," the exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery reminds us, according to Griffith, that humans and animals are all "merely successful variations of their ancestors...causing us to question our social and biological hierarchies, our racisms and privileged positions."

Poet, former bookstore owner and part-time vagabond, Michael Deyermond makes drawings and rough-hewn wooden sculptures inscribed with bare bones aphorisms that expose a brittle, yet persevering soul.

He wrote,
“one year ago i left society and went to a cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere - to the land of the apaches and billy the kid of freedom and lawlessness of promised beginnings and public execution. i didn't go there to find anything. i went to lose it all. to destroy myself and in doing so find out what is in my heart what is in my mind what is in my voice and only then try to imagine how i could possibly give that to another person, to a society ------------ to you.


On view in the gallery office:


Waterfalls and Volcanoes
Ned Evans + David Lloyd