Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tony Feher

Tony Feher (b. 1956, Albuquerque, New Mexico) received his B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1978. In 1981, Feher left Corpus Christi for New York City. The artist began exhibiting his work in 1980, and by 1991, was showing both nationally and internationally.

Rooted in the legacy of minimalism, Feher’s work emphasizes the importance of seeing objects as they are. The materials of his art derive from the incidental, the ordinary, the commonplace, and what many are apt to regard as the mundane. Feher stacks, dangles, arranges, and aligns detritus and ephemera. Repetition, materiality, and the architecture of his surroundings figure into his work. As the artist once explained, “I look for the ‘trick’ in materials, that indescribable something that allows me to exploit an object for my own purposes: a reflection of light, a color, a play of density versus transparency, a little something that sets it off.” Like the poet William Carlos Williams, with whom he is often compared, Feher’s work enables the viewer to observe and appreciate the beauty in the ordinary, everyday objects that surround them.

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