David Ebony's Top 10 Most Memorable Artworks of 2015
David Ebony, Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2. Jedd Garet, The Most Beautiful French Actress in Red Chiffon (2015)
Among the trend-setting artists of the 1980s, Jedd Garet created a kind of dreamlike space in his paintings populated by highly stylized figures, architectural elements, and otherworldly vegetation. For a number of personal and professional reasons, he retreated from the art scene in the 1990s and moved to California. Having recently returned to New York, he is painting in top form, as evidenced by the five commanding compositions included in a current group show, “How Many Miles to Babylon" at C24 gallery. On view through February 17, 2016, the exhibition, inaugurating C24's new Chelsea space, was curated by Los Angeles critic and curator Peter Frank.
In his new work, Garet explores a similarly personal and imaginative space as in his earlier paintings, but this time the imagery seems more closely connected to digital realms; and his process encompasses a combination of computer programming and subtle hand-manipulated gestures and embellishments. One of the most striking on view, The Most Beautiful French Actress in Red Chiffon (2015), is a human-scale (six-feet tall) oval canvas with a fiery red ground, and swirling waves of liquids or gasses as might appear on Jupiter or Saturn. An anemone-like life form in the lower right of the piece assigns this fantastic space to a more earthly domain.