Alex Sheriff. Fish on Land

23 Feb — 1 Apr 2017 at Praxis in New York, United States

18 FEBRUARY 2017
Alex Sheriff, Hunting and the Birds, 2015. Courtesy of Praxis
Alex Sheriff, Hunting and the Birds, 2015. Courtesy of Praxis

Praxis is pleased to present Fish on Land, the solo exhibition by Alex Sheriff (b. 1988, Canada).

A reception to celebrate the opening will be held at 541 West 25th Street, NY, NY 10001, on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm.

Using the remixed language and forms of natural sciences and natural history, Fish on Land loudly celebrates moments in the vast story of our planet – from life-giving/taking volcanic eruptions, to the first fish on land who would go on to become amphibian and reptile and bird – it clumsily strives to be inclusive of all species and matter in this retelling. A new droopy, fluid mythology formed through biology and geology is an ode to the planet, but hand-painted and placed by human hands, it can ultimately only be for human consumption.

Though the plants, rocks, animals and other subjects of these creation, survival, transformation and extinction myths will not know their place in them, there is beauty and purpose in the failure of these man-made codes of science and painting. The impossibility of trying to communicate a mythology to non-humans leaves us in an abstract space like a fish on the beach, comical and juvenile, but in turn creates a strange world that is the first step on an evolutionary path to being truly connected to the planet and it’s history.

Praxis was founded in 1977. With locations in New York and Buenos Aires, our mission is to bring the compelling creativity and imagination of Latin American contemporary art forward to a worldwide audience.