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Gordon Fearey
Irvington, NY

About the Artist

Gordon Fearey photographs fabric and clothing that he places under water. His medium is richly suggestive. In many instances, the pictures evoke unearthly landscapes that recede from a familiar ripple to infinite space, complete with galaxies and black holes. In other cases, underwater pictures of stripes or plaids suggest a distortion of systems or structures in the real world.

Trained as a painter, Fearey manipulates his subjects with a long stick. The clothing changes shape and moves in and out of sunlight. Recognizable odds and ends – such as a pine needle, insect, or button – enter…

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About the Artist

Gordon Fearey photographs fabric and clothing that he places under water. His medium is richly suggestive. In many instances, the pictures evoke unearthly landscapes that recede from a familiar ripple to infinite space, complete with galaxies and black holes. In other cases, underwater pictures of stripes or plaids suggest a distortion of systems or structures in the real world.

Trained as a painter, Fearey manipulates his subjects with a long stick. The clothing changes shape and moves in and out of sunlight. Recognizable odds and ends – such as a pine needle, insect, or button – enter and exit the frame as he’s working. Every painterly shot is an interplay between the surface of the water and what’s underneath. “Below the surface" is a psychological reference that he takes literally.

However, Fearey avoids explicit references to the body or water burial of his earlier work and his medium is all about fabric and pattern; by taking a closeup view of his subject, he finds a way to merge human creation with a more universal landscape fabric, in many cases on a grand scale.

Born in 1950 in New York City, Fearey received his undergraduate degree in fine arts from Yale University. He lives and works outside New York City in Irvington, New York.

Artist’s Work

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Ocean

By Gordon Fearey

Watershed 2
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Watershed

By Gordon Fearey

Great lakes
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Great Lakes

By Gordon Fearey

Pirates
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Pirates

By Gordon Fearey

Dragon 3
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Dragon

By Gordon Fearey

Windows 4
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Windows

By Gordon Fearey

Watershed
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Brooke's Match

By Gordon Fearey

India
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India

By Gordon Fearey

Winter
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Winter

By Gordon Fearey

Woods hole
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Woods Hole

By Gordon Fearey

Button
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Button

By Gordon Fearey

Paisley
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Paisley

By Gordon Fearey

Circus
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Circus

By Gordon Fearey

Selected Exhibitions

  • ArtsWestchester
    White Plains, NY , 2012
  • NURTUREart Benefit 2010, ZieherSmith Gallery
    New York, NY , 2011
  • KMOCA
    Kingston, NY, 2011
  • Proteus Gowanus Gallery
    Brooklyn, NY, 2011
  • The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
    New York, NY, 2011

Press and Accolades

  • “Fearey adds eclectic dimension to exhibit,” Rivertowns Enterprise
    April 6, 2012
  • “Walking through history in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson,” offManhattan
    2011
  • “63 stops set for annual art studio tour,” The Rivertowns Enterprise
    April 16, 2011

Education

  • Yale University, BA
    New Haven, CT,1973