Jered Sprecher: The liar’s paradox

Fearless painter Jered Sprecher counts quilts, children’s drawings, signage and  gemstones among the diverse source material for his new work on view in “I Always Lie,” his third eye-popping solo show at Jeff Balley. Working on numerous paintings at once, Sprecher says he “feels around in the dark,” attempting to spark unexpected dialogue and casual conversation between them. Because he courts inconsistency, imperfection and all manner of shortcomings, his influential abstractions have always been hard to criticize, and this body of work, incorporating more mimetic imagery and three-dimensional illusion than previous work, continues the tradition.

Jered Sprecher, grouping of small paintings, installation view at Jeff Bailey.
Jered Sprecher,  Parachute, 2012, oil on linen, 32 x 20 inches
 Jered Sprecher, Window Lesson, 2012, oil on linen, 54 x 42 inches
Jered Sprecher, Chasing Arrows, 2012, oil on linen, 32 x 22 inches.

In the basement, don’t miss “Titled /len/,” a charming exhibition that Sprecher curated, exploring the notions of leaning, propping–anything but traditional hanging. Alisha Kerlin, Carrie Pollack, John O’Connor, Martin McMurray, Mike Andrews present work set  along the whitewashed cement ledges, all recently refurbished after a massive flood (thank you Super Storm Sandy). Don’t bump your head as you go down the stairs.


 “Titled /len/,” installation view.

Jered Sprecher: I Always Lie,” Jeff Bailey Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through March 23, 2013.

Image at top: Jered Sprecher, Memory Device, 2012, oil on canvas, 32 x 30 inches

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