Galerie Richard is pleased to present Beverly Fishman's solo exhibition entitled Pharmako Series from September 3 to 27, 2011. Of special interest will be the European debut of Pills, a series of luminous sculptures. In addition, the exhibit will feature new brightly colored paintings on metal. Beverly Fishman's work is unique by her appropriation of abstract scientific languages to represent the human body. Pharmako Series raises fundamental questions such as excess of drug prescriptions and legal or illegal drug addiction.
"Pharmako represents a broad spectrum of over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as street drugs. The visual forms of the pill sculptures are designed to affect the viewer in daylight as well as in the dark. As expansive in coloration as their real-life counterparts are in function, Fishman's pharmaceuticals soothe, attract, or seduce the spectator, promising happiness and protection. The forms of legal and illegal drugs are mixed together in the installation in order to emphasize the fact that, just like multinational pharmaceutical corporations, drug dealers rely on logos and branding to build and maintain a loyal customer base."(1)
Curtained off from the rest of the gallery, the Pills sculptures are displayed across the four walls from floor to ceiling. During daylight the festive multicolored coating of the Pills' resin shapes along with the visibility of numerous internal logos, quickly captures the viewer's attention. While in darkness the sculptures radiate red, green, and blue to create a magical luminous space. The resin absorbs daylight and then releases it at night. Each sculpture is unique and sold separately, which allows the collector to build his/her own wall installation by selecting several pieces.
Fishman's paintings from 2003 to the present continue her rich iconography of drug symbols while emitting colors and positive energies. Combined with the logo patterns of drugs, there are abstract patterns from EKG and EEG charts, molecular structures of drug components, computer components and the two helical chains of DNA. The large paintings are combinations of several horizontal panels and contains many of the same qualities of her sculptural works. Like medications, her artwork is a combination of many components.
"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."(2)
Beverly Fishman will have a solo exhibition at Galerie Richard in New York in December 2011. The Toledo Museum in Ohio, USA has recently invited her to create her first glass sculptures. The Pharmako Series was shown by Galerie Richard in Pulse New York art fair in 2010. Beverly Fishman designed a one wall installation for the VIP lounge of Art Basel Miami 2009, which was then shown at the Miami Art Museum in 2010.
(1) : Essay by Matthew Biro for Pulse NY, 2009. Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
(2) : Essay by Joe Houston fromthe book ''Beverly Fishman'', Collection the Cranbrook monographs, 2003