Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard is pleased to present Beverly Fishman's Pharmako Series - the artist's fourth solo exhibition in Paris. We will be showing for the first time in Europe, a series of luminous sculptures entitled Pills along with a series of new Op' Art inspired paintings on stainless steel. In her unique work she appropriates an abstract scientific language in order to interpret the human body.
One of the four gallery spaces, enclosed in black curtains, is dedicated to the sculptures. Pills consists of a series of wall sculptures in resin in the image of actual pills. They are enlarged in size and we are confronted with a colourful variety of forms as well as medical logos. They are dispersed on the space's four walls transforming the environment into a life-size pill-box. When creating the translucent resin works, the artist plays with combinations of vivid colours. The room lights up and puts out alternately and the spectator discovers that the sculptures radiate red, green and blue lights, creating a bright enchanting / enthralling environment. In fact, the resin absorbs the daylight, stores it and restores it at night. Smiley-shaped logos and vibrant light effects in these coloured and facetious pills seem to promise the spectator joy and repose. Pharmako Series raises fundamental questions such as the excess of medicinal prescriptions and the addiction to legal or illegal drugs.
Her acrylics and enamels on stainless steel often mirror the motives used for the glowing pills. Other abstract motives, such as EKGs and EEGs, digital or DNA structures in two spiralling chains are also present. These occasionally contorted forms are used to create a strong visual impact.
"Our need to reconcile technology with humanity is of paramount concern, engendering ethical, legal, and spiritual debates peculiar to our time. This modern crisis of identity foregrounds the art of Beverly Fishman, whose paintings engage us in the critical questions that face us as individuals and as a technologically-dependent culture."1
Beverly Fishman realized a wall installation for the Art Basel Miami's VIP lounge in 2009. It was showcased at and acquired by the Miami Art Museum in 2010. She has received several prestigious awards among which are the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2006) and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2003). Her works may be found in more than thirty significant public and private collections.
1 The Cranbrook Monographs, Beverly Fishman; foreword by Joe Houston, 2003