Known best for his hand-carved stones, Jerry the Marble Faun presents a suite of works that include mature iterations of sculpted creatures and animals alongside simultaneously made abstract pieces. Taking cues from lived experience, such as driving a New York taxi for 25 years and living with Big and Little Edie at Grey Gardens, his sculpting process relies on a freeform method. Jerry follows the chance of a stone’s natural properties to define each element, giving rise to a style that is at once rigorous and intuitive.
This exhibition features eight works. Three made of dorata Italian limestone, titled The Lions, employ a naming mechanism. In sequential order, Jerry follows the ABCs of the alphabet -- Apaquogue carved in 2008/09, Bohack carved in 2010, Clinton carved in 2011/12, etc. Additionally, the titles have personal significance. Apaquogue is a favorite street in the Hamptons and the veins in the limestone reminded Jerry of the winding road. Bohack was a grocery store in the Brooklyn of his youth that had big flowers on the sign reminiscent of the large nostrils of the carved creature. Clinton is named for Jerry’s best friend who had a powerful, yet delicate, bone structure. Throughout his labor-intensive process, Jerry magnifies experience while searching for the forms hidden within the stones.
The gallery has begun a new initiative that pairs a creative writer with each exhibition. For this show, Candystore has produced a limited editioned packaged poem, “wild blue yonder (an erotic sex fantasy at the beach that doesn’t take into account sand).” This is the sixth poem in a series Candystore tentatively titled Cray Cray Oo La La. Each poem is named after a crayon color from a popular North American crayon manufacturer. The latest is dedicated to Jerry the Marble Faun.