Library Street Collective (LSC) is proud to present new work from Detroit native AJ Fosik.  The exhibition, From Ripe to Rot, explores the aesthetics of impermanence through totems of hallucinatory beasts and is the artist’s most refined work to date. Inspired by the spectacle of nature, Fosik has forged a distinctive visual language to convey the divine attributes of ephemerality through vivid architectural works.

A visual artist and masterful craftsman, Fosik’s elaborate three-dimensional wood constructions demonstrate an unparalleled talent and vision for the medium. Using intricate fragments of wood, each hand carved and individually assembled, Fosik has developed an iconography for the present moment, evocative of timeless representations of spirituality and psychic folklore.  “I think sometimes people mistake my work for the macabre but in fact it is the opposite, I use imagery tied to the impermanence of being in my work as a celebration of this brief time we have,” says Fosik.

Rise Up, Flip in Two, Pull to Pieces, 2017 Synthetic Polymer Paint on Wood 48h x 48w x 12d inches

Rise Up, Flip in Two, Pull to Pieces, 2017
Synthetic Polymer Paint on Wood
48h x 48w x 12d inches

Illusory Teeth Still Tear, 2017 Synthetic Polymer Paint on Wood 43h x 43w x 13d inches

Illusory Teeth Still Tear, 2017
Synthetic Polymer Paint on Wood
43h x 43w x 13d inches

For Fosik, who now lives in Portland, Oregon, an exhibition in Detroit is particularly meaningful, “my family goes back generations in Detroit so this exhibition means a lot to me. Detroit is a special place.”  However, it’s not only the artist’s personal history with the city that lends itself to the powerful nature of the exhibition.  The work itself is reflective of the city’s soul, a place that continues to evolve and transform as an enduring symbol of reinvention.

In collaboration with the exhibition at Library Street Collective, Fosik has created an edition of 150 foil-stamped, gold embossed prints entitled, Shadow Project Release for the opening project at Louis Buhl & Co., a new Detroit-based contemporary art gallery and project space highlighting emerging and mid-career artists. The edition is available HERE.

AJ FOSIK: FROM RIPE TO ROT will be on view at Library Street Collective Detroit from August 19 - October 7, 2017, with an artist reception held on August 19 from 6-8 PM. Contact info@lscgalley.comfor an exhibition catalog or additional information.  


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. 

Library Street Collective specializes in cutting edge contemporary fine art with a focus on emerging and established artists who have pushed the boundaries of traditional medium and exhibition space. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, we present regular group and solo exhibitions while contributing to the artistic renaissance of the city's public, private, and heritage spaces. It is our mission to bring both world-renowned artists and exciting new work to a reimagined Detroit, as well as carry this sentiment as we expand our presence through exhibitions, special projects and art fairs nationally and internationally. 

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