Words and Pictures: Vernon Fisher

Organized by the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, Denton

March 21 – May 30, 2020

Chicken Joke by Vernon Fissher
Vernon Fisher, Chicken Joke, 2000, Acrylic on canvas

Words and Pictures features paintings, sculptures and installations from 1980-2019 by the nationally accomplished Texas artist Vernon Fisher. Fisher came of age in the twentieth century, characterized by cultural and theological scholars as the bloodiest and most brutal century in history. Like many artists of his era, including poets and writers who inspire him, Fisher explores what it means to be lost and searching in the face of indifference. His art is a personal expression of what life feels like. His paintings, typified by compositions of floating imagery and overlaid texts, present an unresolved narrative, intended to leave viewers with an overarching sense of emotion. Embracing postmodern humor, irreverence, and anti-closure, Vernon Fisher creates images of hopeful uncertainty.

Vernon Fisher, whose art has been exhibited nationwide, is recipient of three Individual Artist’s Fellowships from the National Endowment on the Arts; a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; and numerous other honors and awards.