JERRY BIRCHFIELD, A Pale, A Post, A Boundary, February 6 – March 27, 2021

Time seems to rain down on the fragmentary objects that Birchfield arranges and photographs, dissolving even the idea of form itself, while the ever-evolving chemical and digital processes of photography generate intricate, shadowy layers of visual clues and blind alleys.

– Douglas Max Utter

Jerry Birchfield’s practice revolves around the question of how images emulate or subvert the sources from which they came. Through complex photographic and sculptural processes, his works go through various stages of transformation, from surrogate to self-reference. The making of meaning is synonymous with the search for the beginning and the end.

– Reto Thüring

Birchfield engages us in an aesthetic and a sensorial dialectic of the way things come into existence as we perceive them and sort them out; as perhaps a metaphor for the way we negotiate our lives without being nearly cognizant of all the minute changes that have occurred in any given space at any given moment. There emerges a personal exploration of expressive and theoretical ambition that, in its open delight of ready shifts from one mode to another, points to some larger meaning that remains tantalizingly elusive.

– Gary D. Sampson

The elements that conform to what eventually appears as a quiet black and white syntactical whole are, in fact, samples of a murmuring universe peopled with weird objects. And it is these intermediary weird objects that call my attention in Birchfield’s work: they float, curl, levitate and have an ambivalent relation to pattern and camouflage.

– Sarah Demeuse

Birchfield creates kinships or correspondences of semblance, perceptual conditions, and analogous structures whose material properties evade immediate identification….selections as encountered in the temporal space of the installation begin to yield a significance beyond their localized presence, a strange allegory of larger forces at work in the networked world that causes uncertainty in the trustworthiness of images and their sources.

– Gary D. Sampson

Exhibition Checklist

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  • Pale 19, 2O2O, toned gelatin silver print, plaster, 2O x 5 x 5 inches, $24OO; $29OO with pedestal
  • Pale 22, 2O2O, toned gelatin silver print, plaster, 14 x 7 x 7 inches, $21OO; $26OO with pedestal
  • Pale 21, 2O2O, toned gelatin silver print, plaster, 14 x 7 x 7 inches, $21OO; $26OO with pedestal
  • Pale 2O, 2O2O, toned gelatin silver print, plaster, 14 x 7 x 7 inches, $21OO; $26OO with pedestal
  • Pale 15, 2O2O, toned gelatin silver print, plaster, 24 x 6 x 4 inches, $26OO; $31OO with pedestal
  • Pale 16, 2O2O, toned gelatin silver print, plaster, 2O x 1O x 6 inches, $24OO; $29OO with pedestal
  • Pale 18, 2O2O, toned gelatin silver print, plaster, 2O x 6 x 6 inches, $24OO; $29OO with pedestal
  • Pale 14, 2O2O, toned gelatin silver print, plaster, 24 x 7 x 5 inches, $26OO; $31OO with pedestal
  • Pale 17, 2O2O, toned gelatin silver print, plaster, 2O x 1O x 6 inches, $24OO; $29OO with pedestal
  • And You Spoke It, and You Spoke It, 2O19, cut inkjet print embedded in plaster, enamel paint, graphite, 2O x 16 x 1.5 inches, $3000
  • Even in the Case of Lifeless Things, 2O2O, solarized bleached / toned gelatin silver prints mounted on museum board, 14 x 11 inches, $2400 framed
  • I Heard You Were Talking, 2O2O, cut inkjet print embedded in plaster, enamel paint, graphite, 4O x 3O x 1.5 inches, $4400
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized gelatin silver print, 2O x 16 inches, $2400 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized gelatin silver print, 2O x 16 inches, $2400 framed
  • When People Are Afraid of Heights, 2O2O, cut gelatin silver print embedded in plaster, enamel paint, graphite, 24 x 2O x 1.5 inches, $3400
  • The Terror of Knowing What This World Is About, 2O2O, cut gelatin silver print embedded in plaster, enamel paint, graphite, 2O x 16 x 1.5 inches, $3000
  • There is Wonder in Most Every Thing I See, 2O2O, solarized silver toned gelatin silver prints mounted on museum board, 14 x 11 inches, $2400 framed
  • Dear Son and I’m Condone@, 2O2O, solarized gelatin silver prints mounted on museum board, 24 x 2O inches, $3200 framed
  • And Still So Stowe Crossbones, 2O2O, solarized gelatin silver prints mounted on museum board, 24 x 2O inches, $3200 framed
  • Like the Idea of Visionn’t Scream, 2O2O, solarized gelatin silver prints mounted on museum board, 24 x 2O inches, $3200 framed
  • I Never Did Believe in the Ways of Magic but I’m Beginning to Wonder Why, 2O2O, cut gelatin silver print embedded in plaster, enamel paint, graphite, 24 x 2O x 1.5 inches, $3400
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized selenium toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized selenium toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized selenium toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized selenium toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized selenium toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed
  • Untitled Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, $2000 framed series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2O2O, solarized toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches
  • Sometimes It Causes Me to Tremble, 2O2O cut gelatin silver print embedded in plaster, enamel paint, graphite, 14 x 11 x 1.5 inches, $2400