Castor Gallery is pleased to present Plastic Wood a solo show by Brooklyn-based artist Royal Jarmon. This will be the artists first solo shows with the gallery, featuring paintings and mixed media works on the ground level of the space. The opening reception will be from 7-9 pm on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
Royal Jarmon’s paintings are primarily concerned with notions of illusion and space. Forms and textures seem to protrude from the surface of his paintings through his understanding of spatial relations. The instantly recognizable Lego people have become common characters within his oeuvre, where Jarmon’s practice heavily involves rendering 3-D forms within a 2-D world. The Lego people serve as a kind of blank avatar, a figure of possibilities and a vessel to be imbued with meaning.
In this newest body of work, Jarmon has deconstructed the iconography found in the computer game “The Oregon Trail”, a game common to American classrooms throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Also inserted into the works are plastic pieces found within Lego sets like orange blob-like ‘flames’ and yellow numbered ‘coins’. This hybridity of early childhood and pre-adolescent games become fused into a miasma-like space, one of nostalgia and uncertainty.