Jalopies: A Tow Person Show
Carl D'Alvia and Matthew F Fisher
It all started with a shared Instagram image. Carl D'Alvia saw the photo of a classic moonlit seascape, sent it to Matthew F. Fisher, and they were "off to the races."
Drive-by Projects is pleased to present Jalopies: A Tow Person Show, an exhibition including D'Alvia's sculpture, Fisher's paintings and a zine of the collected images that have bounced between the two artists during the past several months. When asked to define the thread that connects their work, D'Alvia and Fisher agree that a "shared love of humor and modernism with a sprinkle of the readymade" brought them together as collaborators and internet pen pals.
Carl D'Alvia says it best when he describes his work as "hyper-visual, artisanal and history laden." Traveling the world to research traditional and industrial manufacturing processes, he has come up with proprietary techniques that allow him to realize the inimitably bizarre objects and creatures that makeup his pictorial lexicon. Drawing on sources that range from megalithic monuments to toy design and the Baroque, D'Alvia relies on humor, craftsmanship and scholarship to achieve a synthesis of opposites that embodies both the minimal and the ornate, the industrial and the handmade.
Matthew F. Fisher's stylized seascape paintings blur the line between real and unreal. Sunsets, waves, ocean horizons are all recognizable, but Fisher paints them with a transcendent hand, suggesting both personal and universal meaning. And yet these are funny, hyper-real images with a sense of the absurd. Fisher's vibrant, concisely painted landscapes are not specific rocks, sunsets or clouds, but caricatures of all rocks, sunsets and clouds. As one catches on to the wryly elliptical thinking that connects the work of these two artists, it's easy to take a ride in the D'Alvia-Fisher jalopy.