“Flight”, described as “one of the most unusual and inclusive art exhibitions of the season”, opens at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield this Sunday, June 26.
The aim of the exhibition is to “empower artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience” and to explore “human connection, innovation and diversity”, according to a statement from gallery director Natalie Balazovich. .
For the show, artists from across the United States will share their interpretation of the word “flight.” About 75 artists will present 120 works in the exhibition.
One of the hottest works for the exhibition is a major installation by Milford artist Frank James Fisher of “paper airplanes” that appear to be folded paper but are actually incredibly detailed ceramics.
Fisher, 60, says he’s been doing art all his life.
“I’ve worked professionally full-time in marketing since 1985, and that’s the other half of my career, as an artist,” he told Oakland Press.
He describes his work as “ceramic packages”.
“If you had to think of anything you would buy in a store, like a bottle or a box, I would take these concepts, twist and bend them again and turn them into imaginary, bizarre packaging ideas,” he said. “If you want to go to the dark side, I could make a bottle with graphics on it called a ‘Husband Remover’, and that’s an ointment that you would put on and it would help you deal with a husband problem. It’s something I’ve been playing with for 25 years, these imaginary concepts.
Fisher began making the clay planes that will be on display at the show about two years ago.
“I spoke with my brother, who is also an artist,” he says. “He made paper hats and I thought that was a great idea. I wonder if I can do that, but with paper airplanes?
“I’m always pasting images that I’ve created or that I find in pop culture, and those create a narrative on the surface,” he adds. “The elements are all linked when you hear the title of the planes.”
Other artworks featured at the Janice Charach Gallery include portraits of immigrant workers, space-cut wooden aliens, and more.
The variety of art on display is what catches Fisher’s attention.
“When I dropped off a few pieces, the diversity of the art shocked me,” Fisher says. “Each of them had a theme that I looked at and I could see the connection to flight, whether it was angel wings or whatever. Ceramics, paintings, paper dragons, sculptures, some abstract and other realistic – the art was very diverse and exciting.
“Flight” will be on view through August 11 at the Janice Charach Gallery, 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield Twp. A vernissage is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit charachgallery.org or call 248-432-5579.