Over a career that spanned more than thirty years, Tony Feher defined a unique place in contemporary art by creating elegant and poetic sculptures and installations using familiar, everyday objects. Feher’s singular ability to embrace the significance and potential in the most humble and simple materials and processes was a cornerstone of his formal practice.
It Didn’t Turn Out the Way I Expected debuts Feher’s last body of work, a series of vibrant, intensely colored monochrome paintings, alongside a smaller group of stained plywood works made during the same period. Shown together, the two cycles of paintings posit questions about the relationship of the pictorial to the abstract and of craft to art, instigating a conversation about painting and its genres—the monochrome, the relief, the still-life, and the landscape.
On view publicly for the first time, the exhibition also includes over 700 drawings on notebook paper, napkins, and placemats dating from 1985 to 2013. Presented as one work, they provide an in-depth exploration of his thought process – from quick sketches, to studies, floorplans and diagrams for installations – and reveal the depth and complexity of Feher’s creative vision. The exhibition is curated by Feher’s close friends and fellow artists Andrea Blum, Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka. It is presented in cooperation with Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco, where a concurrent exhibition featuring a series of visual vignettes, groupings of artworks from different moments throughout Feher’s career that illustrate an ongoing dialogue thread will be on view.