Castle Fitzjohns Gallery is proud to present a series of new paintings titled ’10(S)ubjects’ by artist and writer Colin C. Jorgensen (Cojo), opening September 25 through October 23, 2014 in Manhattan. In his first solo show with the gallery, Colin has created ten mesmerizing eight-foot wide acrylic worlds on canvas, nine years in the making.
The 10 large paintings burst to life in bright, saturated colors, executed in the distinctively graphic thick line art style for which Cojo is known. The 10 subjects are: (S)ea, (S)ocialite, (S)traphanger, (S)pace, (S)torytime, (S)ex, (S)uperhero, (S)ports, (S)in and (S)lumberland.
Each painting focuses on a subject of a child’s active imagination, inviting us to rediscover our creative selves by invoking the fantastical worlds we invented in our uncorrupted youthful minds. The series celebrates the magic of daydreams and inspired flights of fancy, in spite of or in direct rebellion to the oppressive factory model institutions with confining curriculum that sought to quash our wonderment and force us to color inside their predetermined lines.
The reference drawings for these paintings were created in Jorgensen’s groundbreaking 2005-2006 sketch-a-day new media duration experiment titled Sketch365. Part online performance art, part a test of will, Sketch365 was a year-long conceptual art project inspired by the duration works of Tehching Hsieh, beginning and ending on Cojo’s 28th and 29th birthdays respectively.
A celebration of creativity in the face of his own mortality, Cojo wanted to create a monumental artistic project celebrating the ten subjects of creative escape from childhood into adulthood in pencil on paper, with the thought that eventually one day the three hundred and sixty five works would be parsed down into their ten subjects. All the small details from the singular sheets of paper would be collaged and resculpted into ten large creative worlds on canvas. These paintings tie together the subjects and present them with the magnitude and visual impact they were intended to convey. Nine long years later, the time has finally arrived.
A Solo Exhibition by Colin C. Jorgensen (Cojo)
Castle Fitzjohns Gallery
98 Orchard Street NY, NY 10002
Show Runs: Thursday September 25 – October 23, 2014
A 3,000 square foot two story locale situated in Manhattan’s Lower East Side (LES), Castle Fitzjohns Gallery represents a wide range of emerging and mid-career artists, as well as select secondary market pieces from our collection.
Castle Fitzjohns has a three tier structure; Castle Fitzjohns “Platform”, which focuses on nurturing and guiding emerging artists, Castle Fitzjohns “Gallery” which supports and promotes mid career artists, and Castle Fitzjohns, an advisory and brokerage service for the secondary market.
Colin C. Jorgensen (Cojo)
Born September 25, 1977 in Montclair, NJ, Colin C. “Cojo” Jorgensen is an emerging artist of the generation that developed in the wake of the influence of Warhol, Basquiat, and Calvin & Hobbes. Cojo earned his BFA at the School of Visual Arts in NYC in the late 1990s, where he developed his distinctive, vividly colored thick line art style.
He started his career in illustration, working for some of the most preeminant names in media at the time – such as Rolling Stone Magazine, ESPN, WWE, Nike, The Village Voice, & FUBU – before transitioning into a fine art career with his 2005 project Sketch 365, wherein he drew and uploaded a sketch a day for 365 days (the first real world / online drawing-a-day duration experiment), starting and concluding on his birthday.
Stemming from Sketch 365, Cojo is now developing 10(S)ubjects, a series of 10 categorical 8’x3′ paintings to be presented exactly nine years after the project began, again, on his birthday September 25, 2014 at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in the Lower East Side.
Cojo has also spent his time developing his voice in the NYC art scene through his blog Art Sucks since 2003, and most recently, he launched Artiholics, a collaborative blog with over 20 contributors, at which he serves as Editor-in-Chief. He currently lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens.
Creativity isn’t just reserved for the artists, poets, and philosophers. You’re born creative, it comes standard issue. Humans are curious by nature. We color in our blank spots with words, sounds, images. Vivid colors flood in, experiences had, memories are made, emotions felt.
Our palettes grow, our crayon box starts small and only gets bigger. They tried to teach us in school to color inside the lines they provided, introduced the eraser and suddenly mistakes weren’t opportunities anymore, they were to be removed. Start over, follow the rules, make it perfect. But we never lost our ability to dream, our creativity found opportunities to slip through the cracks in the windows and from inside our desks into our dreams as Subjects, only they weren’t the ones being taught in class.
This series of paintings explores the theory that there exists a unique combination of 10 Subjects in every person since childhood, and we continue to carry them with us as adults. These Subjects weren’t taught in a classroom, they weren’t found in a textbook, or on a spiritual retreat. They found you. Some of these Subjects have become a part of our hobbies, our interests, but some still lay dormant, waiting for you to rip the dimmer switch off the wall and see your life in full color again.
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