Imin Yeh and Jon Gourley
10/13/2018 - 12/1/2018
Saturday, October 20th, 5pm - 8pm
Bass and Reiner Gallery is pleased to present Near Misses, an exhibition featuring recent works by Pittsburgh based artist Imin Yeh and San Francisco based artist Jon Gourley. Clever prints, quirky sculptures, and a nostalgic video installation litter the space with languages (written and visual,) finding moments of incongruity that both provide a clarity of meaning and comic relief.
The opaque and often hermetic language of contemporary art can rankle the average viewer, presenting an inside joke as a means of exclusion and obscurance, something which only select individuals understand or have the necessary guile to convincingly fake understanding. The methods most often employed by Yeh and Gourley (counterfeit and wry wordplay) pose no such problem by allowing the viewer, at bare minimum, to comprehend that which they don’t “get.” The joke is plain and apparent, even if the punchline is often a near miss.
But don’t think about it too hard. To paraphrase Mark Twain, art and frogs both die when you dissect them.