May 06 — May 08, 2022
Fleisher/Ollman’s 2022 Independent presentation pays homage to the spirit of Ray Yoshida and his wunderkammer-like collection. Yoshida (1930-2009) was an icon of the Chicago art scene of the 1960s through 2000s, influencing a group of artists who became known as the Hairy Who and Chicago Imagists while teaching at the Art Institute of Chicago. Yoshida was an avid collector of his students’ work, including Jim Nutt and Christine Ramberg. Yoshida also collected a wide range of self-taught, folk, and non-Western art, as well as found objects and artifacts of popular culture. Riffing off of Yoshida’s exuberant and dense display methodology, Fleisher/Ollman showcases works by Yoshida, Ramberg, and Jim Nutt, alongside self-taught artists such as Joseph Yoakum, James Castle, and Lee Godie, folk art including tattoo flash, which Yoshida also collected, and Memory Jugs. Building on Yoshida’s all-embracing zeal for collecting, and how unexpected juxtapositions create new meaning, Fleisher/Ollman integrates works by represented contemporary artists including Sarah Gamble, Molly Metz, Eamon Ore-Giron and Becky Suss into our phantasmogoric exhibition.
Kambel Smith, Philadelphia Wireman