Fisher Parrish is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based painter Aaron Elvis Jupin. "Piper, Pipe that Song Again!", a title borrowed from a book of children’s rhymes, fables, and sing-alongs by Nancy Larrick, refers to the uncanny familiarity of Jupin’s abstracted paintings. With his new series, Jupin evokes the feeling of a childhood rhyme or fable told through the warped filter of time and repetition. Memory obscures the characters, and the protagonist shifts from the animate to inanimate. A doorknob, a window, or a carseat drawn from his exploration of the domestic landscape, shift forward and become the focal point – exaggerated and reanimated to the point of haunting absurdity.
As Jupin recants scenes from childhood, narrative is reduced to a thick patina, a warped visual limerick, that while personal and particular to Jupin, remains recognizable and relatable, as if you might hold that memory as your own. A childish familiarity and intimacy achieved through the tools of animation and rules of cartoon logic draws us in, but once in, we are left in an “anti-real” and uncanny world that is far more complex than a cartoon.
An ode to the distance between reality and memory, "Piper Pipe that Song Again!" will run September 13th to October 27th with an opening reception on Friday, September 13th from 6 to 9pm.
Aaron Elvis Jupin (b. 1991, Fullerton, CA) received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2014 where he studied painting. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He has shown with The Hole, Underdonk Gallery and Fisher Parrish Gallery in New York; NO Gallery, 0.0 LA, Steve Turner Gallery, New Image Gallery, Paul Loya Gallery, Smart Objects Gallery, HVW8 Gallery in Los Angeles; and Fisk Gallery in Portland.