OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 6 - 8 PM
McClain Gallery is pleased to announce the presentation of Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher's newest installation, Cliff Hanger, for FotoFest 2010. With this latest work, the Texas-based artist duo breaks new ground in the development of their sophisticated "story-telling machines". Cliff Hanger's narrative is assembled from five separate scene-generating contraptions that output timed segments of a choreographed black and white "movie". The atmosphere of their work is akin to Ansel Adams and Hiroshi Sugimoto photography imbued with early David Lynch film noir.
The creation of these works is a collaborative process between the artists: Shore develops the mechanics and the set-scenes, while Fisher programs the microchips and composes the soundtracks using original compositions, digital audio samples and mechanically operated instruments. The combination of all these elements results in a poetic complexity that is both surreal and cinematic.
Cliff Hanger will be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, in Summer 2010. Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher's exhibitions have been reviewed by Artforum, Art in America, Artlies and The New York Times and have exhibited at the Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Both Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher completed their undergraduate studies at North Texas State University, Denton, TX; Jeff Shore attended the painting MFA program at the University of Houston; Jon Fisher completed his MM and DM in music composition at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.