Exhibition Dates: April 1-May 30, 2016
Location: Arcadia Public Library
Address: 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, California
Information: (626) 791-7647
The Baseball Reliquary presents “Making It Personal: The Baseball Art of Greg Jezewski and Pat Riot,” an exhibition featuring new and recent work by the two Los Angeles-based artists, from April 1-May 30, 2016, at the Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, California.
“Most Americans have been imprinted from a very young age by some form of baseball,” Greg Jezewski has remarked. “I have come to a place where the sport has become a cultural mythology.” Influenced by comic books, monster movies, and pop culture ephemera, Jezewski has produced baseball-related artwork since the early 1980s. His paintings, assemblages, and mixed-media works – meticulously crafted, and filled with symbolism and visual puns – have been shown at many galleries and institutions, and are represented in distinguished collections. “Remember,” Jezewski adds, “American baseball is the only ‘sport’ – the others are just games, like Monopoly and Parcheesi!”
Pat Riot is a 21st century, non-“media-specific” artist who has shown his work in Los Angeles since 1996. His influences include TV, Mad magazine, deceased American artists Henry Darger and Ray Johnson, living American artist Tim Hawkinson, the French artist Space Invader, Banksy, and the timeless futurist Buckminster Fuller. Riot will be showing his latest baseball card collages, which he calls “Discards.” Baseball blogger Ben Henry wrote, “Riot’s work turns the traditional hero worship inherent to baseball cards on its ear, forcing the viewer to question the very purpose of a sports card while poking fun at the covetous nature of the hobby.”
Library hours for the exhibition are Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and closed Sunday. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Photographs courtesy of Emma X. Amaya, Greg Jezewski, and Pat Riot