www.childsgallery.com Childs Gallery
169 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
The fleeting feeling of Andrew Fish’s artwork is intentional. Concerned with the ubiquity of picture-making and -taking in our society, Fish’s work explores the ephemeral nature of technology-based images through the blending of traditional media and contemporary digital motifs. In this exhibition, the artist examines human memory in the context of the digital age. Memories shape our recollection and understanding of the past, but they are constantly changing. We forget, revise, or misremember, much as we delete, alter, and manipulate digital images. In an age where ubiquitous imagery is so easily edited, what we remember, even how we remember, seems to be constantly in flux.
A “memory palace” is a mnemonic enhancement technique dating back to ancient Greece, in which spatial visualization is used to recall information. With this body of work, Fish creates a series of images of obscure locations, meant to summon memories that will be unique to each viewer. Fish conjures places that feel familiar but lack the recognizable features of photographs and maps, and omit details observed in the present moment. In doing so, his scenes invite immersion, yet simultaneously feel as if they are moments slipping away in time.
The opening reception will be Thursday, January 17, from 6 - 8pm.