Gestalten is pleased to present Here or There, a solo exhibition by Oliver Jeffers that reveals a wider range of work by the artist known the world over as a creator of picture books for children. In fact, his most recent book, The Hueys in the New Sweater, was just named by the New York Times as one of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2012.
Oliver Jeffers is inspired by the gap that exists between logical thinking and emotional understanding. The captivating collection of work shown in Here or There investigates this chasm. The featured paintings tell stories and pose provocative philosophical questions through the masterful use of space in composition.
Here or There also celebrates Gestalten’s release of the artist’s first monograph—Neither Here Nor There—in the spring of 2012. The 160-page, hardcover publication features work from the show plus the full spectrum of media and artistic forms that Jeffers employs in his oeuvre, including figurative painting, collage, installation, and sculpture. The book not only features artwork largely unknown by a broader audience, but also includes new work published for the first time. It is edited by Richard Seabrooke, who is best known as one of the principal organizers of the Offset design conference.
Copies of two strictly limited editions of Neither Here Nor There will be sold at Gestalten Space while supplies last. The Special Edition is comprised of a signed copy in an exclusive (de)embossed turquoise cloth-covered slipcase with one screenprint. The Studio Edition is comprised of a signed copy in an exclusive handmade walnut box with 5 giclee prints and one screenprint.
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Oliver Jeffers was born in Australia in 1977 and grew up in Northern Ireland. Perhaps most popularly known as an award-winning creator of picture books for children, including the international bestsellers How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and Stuck, Jeffers has also maintained a vigorous career in the fine arts. He has exhibited internationally, including at the National Portrait Gallery in London; in Selim Varol’s collection Art & Toys at ME Collectors Room in Berlin; in Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the exhibition Building; and in New York at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space and as part of the Amory Show. Jeffers will also show work at a group exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum starting December 1, 2012.
Jeffers has received commissions from the New York Times, the Guardian, Newsweek, Kinder Chocolate, Ted Talks, United Airlines, and Wired. HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, now translated into over twenty languages. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book, Lost and Found, was developed into an animated short film, which has received over sixty awards including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film. Oliver won an Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with video artist Mac Premo. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York.