NEW YORK, NY.- I would guess everyone has had his or her own Bad Fog. Bad Fog makes me think of alcohol, and OCD, depression, and OCD, food, drugs, alcohol, anger, and OCD.
Jesse and I met in 94 when I, along with my friends Dan and Dave, had to intervene before Jesse was eaten alive by an obese townie at a high school hardcore show in Peabody. We loved graffiti and worked together doing newspapah inserts for the Salem News. All we did was avoid working - it was awesome. Eventually we went our own ways, each complete with our own Bad Fogs, but we have reunited... and it feels so good. Jesses Instagram moniker is Bad_Fog. It made sense to me as a title for this exhibition, particularly when he told me it was snippet from Neil Young's "Bad Fog of Loneliness."
I put this show together because the artists on display inspire me to step outside of the Bad Fog and to embrace a brighter stance. Through shining glazes and the fluid materiality of clay, Jennie Jieun Lees ceramic masks and Dan McCarthys figurative vases present playful yet explicit representations of human expression. Antoniadis and Stones paintings made from lighter flames on acrylic cultivate a sense of impulsiveness and obsessive creativity, while Liz Crafts ceramic snakes stir up intrusive thoughts that slip around my brain. In Jesse Littlefields raw paintings and Ross Simoninis Anxiety Napkins spontaneous gestures harmoniously link together to invoke controlled chaos. David Armacosts mystical narratives summon embellished alternatives to the banalities of everyday life, and Bill Adams gestural signs foster a meditative exploration of the formal elements of painting and sculpture.