Jeff Snell: Stacks of Facts
A SOLO EXHIBITION | SEPTEMBER 7 - 20
In his latest work, artist Jeff Snell continues to address environmental issues such as climate change and consumerism, but begins to explore the concept of habitats, both natural and manmade. This show highlights the artist's multi-layered compositions using found and discarded cardboard boxes, papers and other found ephemera, stacked and linear in form, directly applied to the canvas. Using box labeling as compositional elements, coupled with gestural strokes of paint that reference fire, water and sky, Snell creates a complicated narrative of consumerism and life out of balance. At first glance Snell's masterful assemblages appear to be an exercise of form and color that directly speak of consumer culture's impact on the earth, but longer consideration reveals multi-layered narratives addressing mutual discord. By referencing man-made shelters of first peoples and the idea of protection from the Earth's elements, the artist introduces a story of conflict and survival from multiple perspectives. This is Snell's second solo exhibition at Jen Tough Gallery, and is on view September 7 through 20.