AJ Fosik is an American artist who creates intricate, vividly colored three-dimensional pieces that reference folk art, taxidermy, and cultural rituals. Using hundreds of pieces of wood and found materials, he creates figurative and intricately designed three-dimensional works. His animal subjects and creatures are built using a complex assemblage of hand cut and varnished wood, painted in bright hues and layered into lattice patterns to create furry or feathered texture. Sharp teeth, claws and eyes emerge when the creatures are complete - some are constructed as freestanding sculptures while others are wall-mounted to a frame, referencing taxidermy practices.
Ideas of empathy and synthesis are a common duality in the work, whereby the anthropomorphized figures communicate the basic human condition. Totems and fetishes, as well as the “random, chaotic and arbitrary nature of existence,” fascinate Fosik; though less overt, the animals he creates represent a plethora of icons from various theologies, giving them the subversiveness of a cast of fictional, anti-religious gods. The artist delights in the endless interpretations the works have inspired in his viewers.
AJ Fosik has exhibited his works in numerous galleries throughout the United States, France, and Mexico.
B. Detroit, Michigan; based in Portland, Oregon
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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose – Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art | Virginia Beach, USA
A Primitive Future – Subliminal Projects | Los Angeles, USA
Tall Trees of Portland – Curated by Matt Wegner, Portland City Hall | USA
Detroit: Cultural Renaissance – Lille3000 | Lille, FR
Quentin Garel, AJ Fosik, Kale Clark – Galerie L.J.| Paris, FR
Taking Sides – Curated by Zak Williams for Paddle8 | New York, USA
Urban Alchemists – Jonathan LeVine Gallery and Tony Goodman. Wynwood Walls | Miami, USA
AJ Fosik, Erin Riley, and Ben Venom – Guerrero Gallery | San Francisco, USA
Count Back from Nothing – David B. Smith Gallery | Denver, USA
Five Year Anniversary Exhibition – Jonathan LeVine Gallery | New York, USA
Scope-Miami Contemporary Art Fair – Jonathan LeVine Gallery | Miami, USA
Beach Blanket Bingo: A Summer Mixer – Jonathan Levine Gallery | NY, USA
AJ Fosik and Kelsey Brooks – White Walls | San Francisco, USA
From Ripe to Rot – Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA
Beast form a Foreign Land – Hellion Gallery and HPGRP Gallery | Tokyo, JPN
Against the Infinite – Jonathan LeVine Gallery | New York, USA
The Call of The Void – Vice Gallery | Mexico City, MX
Time Kills All Gods – Galerie L.J.| Paris, FR
There’s Aliens in Our Midst – White Walls | San Francisco, USA