To enter Byron Roche Gallery's showing of paintings by Dean Fisher is to enter upon both an imagination and a universe. And it is, as the French poet/critic observed, a creative and original place -- a world with its own values and raison d'etre -- mute, playful, observant and aware, gentle and benevolent. Dean Fisher's new paintings constitute a virtual commedia dell'arte of the soul. And the gallery visitor may enter in the midst of it all until October 16, when the full Dean Fisher exhibition comes to a close.
"The imagination assigns" a place and a relative value to images and actions. What brings Baudelaire and the French Symbolists to mind in viewing Dean Fisher's art is the artist's approach to painting. The gallery statement notes: "The subjects of Fisher's paintings are chosen and combined to be visually interesting and to imply an overall state of being, rather than to tell a literal story. After selecting subjects that hold visual fascination for him, Fisher arranges them to achieve a sense of calm and order, suggestive of an idealized inner world." The artist himself was quoted in a Daily Herald profile (Sept.16,1999) as seeking not reality, but "atmosphere." --Artscope.net Read full review, here