Gallery Write-Up – “Paper Moon” – Jesse Ring

“Paper Moon” by Jesse Ring 


This gallery featured many seemingly random still-lifes that all seemed a bit strange and not really connected at first glance. The piece with the statue heads seemed like something from Ancient Greece or Rome after it had been vandalized by invaders.

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There also a few photographs featured that featured people in animal masks and tribal masks in the woods. They come across as almost realistic, but not quite, like a dream or a movie scene.


Overall, the gallery pieces seemed to feature very earthy neutral tones such as brown, black, and white. It felt almost like a blend of nature and manmade objects. It also felt very ancient and tribal in tone.

The artist said that he was trying to evoke magic-realism and make things look recognizable, but slightly off. He wanted each piece to look almost normal, but then have one element that was a bit off that would add the possibility of narrative. For example, he said the chair piece was supposed to be like a throne, but I interpreted it as a seat that was stuck in a tree branch after a plane crash.

When asked about the gallery’s title “Paper Moon,” he explained that the “Paper” part referred to something having a material quality and that the “Moon” part was a word that created an environment and evoked an atmosphere. Overall, the gallery was definitely very dreamlike in that everything “felt right” even though there was a strange quality to each piece, just like how everything feels normal in a dream and only when you reflect on it later does it start to seem strange.

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