‘Man Finds Meteorites in His Yard (This is Planet Earth)’
by Josef Bull at Tops Gallery, Memphis
Tops Gallery is pleased to announce Man Finds Meteorites in His Yard (This is Planet Earth), an exhibition of new works by Josef Bull at Tops Gallery and Tops at Madison Avenue Park.
Believing in meaningful coincidences and the mystical potential of all things, Josef Bull’s work meditates on anomalous chains of interconnected information.
Here, in new two- and three-dimensional constellations, specific characters and phenomena from contemporary culture intermingle with objects and practices of everyday life. Corporate yoga logos unite with kindred crop circle formations; LOTR antagonist Saruman frames Bull’s paintings of famed start-up garages of Silicon Valley; Danny from The Shining morphs with a real-life namesake doppelgänger whose life-saving «hunch» was noticed by local Michigan News. Layered on both photographic and sculptural surfaces, these blends of found and original materials lay out Bull’s attempts to both make sense of and recreate the feeling of bewilderment induced by an evermore confounding world.
At Tops at Madison Avenue Park, Bull’s video installation This is Planet Earth (2017) looks at domesticity with an astronomer’s gaze. Housed within a suspended propane barbecue, a handheld video tour of a suburban yard loops to the sound of a cab-driving Youtube user’s existential rant on the miracle of life. Surrounded by other icons of the American home, the piece becomes a reflection on the domestic landscape as a container for inner and outer space.
INNER SPACE/OUTER SPACE
LORD OF THE RINGS
CAT STEP COUNT
UBER DRIVER 33 FRODO BAGGINS
42 OPRAH WINFREY
BLISTERS RITE OF PASSAGE