A Harmless Exercise in Boundlessness...

or So Far I Haven't Killed Myself or Killed Any Other Person

Andrew Cannon
Jasmine Little
Emily Ludwig Shaffer

September 07 — October 13, 2018

Opening Reception
Friday, September 7th | 6pm - 9pm

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<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Fruit Still Life</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>92 x 66 in (233.7 x 167.6 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0007&body=I am interested in finding out more about Fruit Still Life by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Fruit Still Life</em>92 x 66 in (233.7 x 167.6 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0008&body=I am interested in finding out more about Fruit Still Life by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Fruit Still Life</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>66 x 92 in (167.6 x 233.7 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0009&body=I am interested in finding out more about Fruit Still Life by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Flower Still Life</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>12 x 9 in (30.5 x 22.9 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0010&body=I am interested in finding out more about Flower Still Life by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Fruit Still Life</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>38 x 35 in (96.5 x 88.9 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0011&body=I am interested in finding out more about Fruit Still Life by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Stump</em><span class='media'>Stoneware and Glaze</span>19 x 14 1/2 x 15 in (48.3 x 36.8 x 38.1 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0012&body=I am interested in finding out more about Stump by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Cream Vase</em><span class='media'>Stoneware and Glaze</span>17 x 6 x 7 in (43.2 x 15.2 x 17.8 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0013&body=I am interested in finding out more about Cream Vase by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Round Vessel</em><span class='media'>Stoneware and Glaze</span>15 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in (38.1 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0014&body=I am interested in finding out more about Round Vessel by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Collapsed Vase</em><span class='media'>Stoneware and Glaze</span>18 x 11 x 12 in (45.7 x 27.9 x 30.5 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0015&body=I am interested in finding out more about Collapsed Vase by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Tall White</em><span class='media'>Stoneware and Glaze</span>24 x 11 x 11 in (61 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0016&body=I am interested in finding out more about Tall White by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Andrew Cannon</span><br><em>Morel Sign</em><span class='media'>Epoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment</span>22.75 x 15 in (57.8 x 38.1 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACAN0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Morel Sign by Andrew Cannon'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Andrew Cannon</span><br><em>Astor Cloisonne</em><span class='media'>Epoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment</span>22 x 15 1/4 x 5 3/4 in (55.9 x 38.7 x 14.6 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACAN0004&body=I am interested in finding out more about Astor Cloisonne by Andrew Cannon'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Andrew Cannon</span><br><em>Bear Corn Sign</em><span class='media'>Epoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment</span>21 x 24 x 5 in (53.3 x 61 x 12.7 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACAN0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about Bear Corn Sign by Andrew Cannon'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Andrew Cannon</span><br><em>Water Lilly Flag</em><span class='media'>Epoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment</span>19 x 15 x 5.75 in (48.3 x 38.1 x 14.6 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACAN0003&body=I am interested in finding out more about Water Lilly Flag by Andrew Cannon'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>White Mushroom</em><span class='media'>Stoneware and glaze</span>12 x 16 x 16 in (30.5 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0017&body=I am interested in finding out more about White Mushroom by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
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Jasmine Little
Fruit Still LifeOil on canvas92 x 66 in (233.7 x 167.6 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Jasmine Little
Fruit Still Life92 x 66 in (233.7 x 167.6 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Jasmine Little
Fruit Still LifeOil on canvas66 x 92 in (167.6 x 233.7 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Jasmine Little
Flower Still LifeOil on canvas12 x 9 in (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Jasmine Little
Fruit Still LifeOil on canvas38 x 35 in (96.5 x 88.9 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Jasmine Little
StumpStoneware and Glaze19 x 14 1/2 x 15 in (48.3 x 36.8 x 38.1 cm)
2018
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Jasmine Little
Cream VaseStoneware and Glaze17 x 6 x 7 in (43.2 x 15.2 x 17.8 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Jasmine Little
Round VesselStoneware and Glaze15 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in (38.1 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm)
2018
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Jasmine Little
Collapsed VaseStoneware and Glaze18 x 11 x 12 in (45.7 x 27.9 x 30.5 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Jasmine Little
Tall WhiteStoneware and Glaze24 x 11 x 11 in (61 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Andrew Cannon
Morel SignEpoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment22.75 x 15 in (57.8 x 38.1 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Andrew Cannon
Astor CloisonneEpoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment22 x 15 1/4 x 5 3/4 in (55.9 x 38.7 x 14.6 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Andrew Cannon
Bear Corn SignEpoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment21 x 24 x 5 in (53.3 x 61 x 12.7 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Andrew Cannon
Water Lilly FlagEpoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment19 x 15 x 5.75 in (48.3 x 38.1 x 14.6 cm)
2018
Inquire

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Jasmine Little
White MushroomStoneware and glaze12 x 16 x 16 in (30.5 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)
2018
Inquire

 

Words by Andrew Berardini

 

It is a harmless exercise in boundlessness, as fanciful as hunting mushrooms. But there is something about mushrooms that defies Mr. Cage’s flights of Zen fancy. He admits of ‘chance’ operations: ‘It’s only if I act like that with mushrooms that it can kill me.’ He would not, then, use the ‘I Ching’ to pick mushrooms; there are bounds on his activity, limits to his freedom.

—From Edward Rothstein’s “Sound and Mushrooms” in the New York Times, November 22, 1981


‘I’m what you would call an amateur mushroom hunter, and so far I haven’t killed myself or killed any other person,’ Cage once confessed in an interview with German-American composer and filmmaker, Henning Lohner.

—quoted in “John Cage: The Mushroom Man” by Sally Wilson in The Plant Hunter, Mar 26, 2016

 


You can make chance encounters or you can go looking for them. John Cage did both.

A vanguard composer and chance operator, Cage (1912-1992) championed through his music and writing a playful mysticism and a love for indeterminacy, qualities he found in his love and obsession with hunting mushrooms. The delicious and fatal consequences of these fungi was hardly a limit to his freedom, but a different avenue to express it. Mushroom hunting wasn’t necessarily about making chance as he did in his music, but cruising for it. And all cruising comes with a little danger. Ask any flâneur or streetwalker, many strange encounters can be found down avenues and alleyways, but you don’t put all of them in your mouth. Though of course, some you do.  

The weirdness of mushrooms you can taste in every bite.  More animal than plant, mushrooms sprout fat and skinny, hairy and smooth, bulbous and ridged. They might drip with lace or glow in the dark, wearing a range of colors that would break the biggest crayon box and hiding in their flesh flavors that’ll make us mad with hunger. An old Czech adage says that all mushrooms are edible, though some only once. A hunt for them is not just a search for sustenance however. A tramp through the woods can be good for the spirit, but look hard and you might encounter hiding in the undergrowth, clinging to a dead tree one of these bizarre and beautiful space aliens. Psychonaut Terence McKenna believed that mushrooms were billion-year-old space travellers, spreading their spore through the universe. The more academic mycologists concede with peer-reviewed and empirical research that mushrooms, through intricate networks of mycelium beneath the soil, create communication networks for forests, allowing plants to share resources, to warn each other, and sometimes to steal using the fungus as a substrate. The largest organism ever discovered lives in the forests of Oregon, a honey fungus spread out over four square miles. Those scientists would also admit that the mushroom’s modus isn’t the usual species dominance but symbiosis, making mutually beneficial trades, some known and some unknown, with the plants and animals that touch them in one way or another.  A few famous if eccentric mycologists even claim that as mushrooms communicate to the forests, magic mushrooms are nature’s way of attempting to speak to humans. And for all our diligent data gathering about the universe around us, mushrooms remain mostly mysterious. Some species surely have habits, but any mushroom hunter can tell you that their strange beauty, wild variety, and unusual enigmas are a part of their charm.

Whether you’re looking for matsutake or chanterelle, porcini or portabello, oyster or psilocybin, a search for mushrooms is a search for the chance encounter with mystery, with discovery—though not without consequence. Some will fill your belly, others your eyes or soul, and a few your grave. Of the three artists gathered here, at least one is a resolute mycophile, but all three together share the desire for a fanciful adventure with an eye on the aftermath, the willingness to accept chance as something both made and looked for. All carry a promiscuity between worlds: nature and humans, the factual and the emotional, dreamy interiors and hard-edge reality. In fluid paintings and totemic ceramics, Jasmine Little loops her own history with craft, gender, and body shaping itself until all the facts peel away and the vulnerable metamorphosing emotions remain: sometimes funny, often lyrical, and always true. Even in her most representational paintings (though most clearly bend reality), Emily Ludwig Shaffer summons a world both familiar and totally otherworldly, if through the weave and bend of unreal geometries in and out of the real world, or even just in the shape and quality of leaves becoming fleshier and heavier than nature might allow. In wall-mounted bricolage both sculptural and painterly, Andrew Cannon’s work always feels on some promiscuous journey, plucking ideas and inspirations, materials and modes from wherever his aesthetic meanderings take him, composing atmospheres that can easily layer the sentimental with the sophisticated, the brilliant with the naive. Though hardly literal, all three of their works manage the aleatory magic and cosmic possibility of mushrooms and the hunt for them. We hope you find something you want to put in your mouth, though we can’t guarantee the consequences.

So far however, we haven’t killed anyone yet.


 

 

Selected Works

  • Jasmine Little
    Fruit Still LifeOil on canvas92 x 66 in (233.7 x 167.6 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    Fruit Still Life92 x 66 in (233.7 x 167.6 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    Fruit Still LifeOil on canvas66 x 92 in (167.6 x 233.7 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    Flower Still LifeOil on canvas12 x 9 in (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    Fruit Still LifeOil on canvas38 x 35 in (96.5 x 88.9 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    StumpStoneware and Glaze19 x 14 1/2 x 15 in (48.3 x 36.8 x 38.1 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    Cream VaseStoneware and Glaze17 x 6 x 7 in (43.2 x 15.2 x 17.8 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    Round VesselStoneware and Glaze15 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in (38.1 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    Collapsed VaseStoneware and Glaze18 x 11 x 12 in (45.7 x 27.9 x 30.5 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    Tall WhiteStoneware and Glaze24 x 11 x 11 in (61 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Andrew Cannon
    Morel SignEpoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment22.75 x 15 in (57.8 x 38.1 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Andrew Cannon
    Astor CloisonneEpoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment22 x 15 1/4 x 5 3/4 in (55.9 x 38.7 x 14.6 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Andrew Cannon
    Bear Corn SignEpoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment21 x 24 x 5 in (53.3 x 61 x 12.7 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Andrew Cannon
    Water Lilly FlagEpoxy, Resin, Epoxy Putty, Urethane Foam, Aqua Resin, Aluminum, Acrylic Paint and Pigment19 x 15 x 5.75 in (48.3 x 38.1 x 14.6 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    White MushroomStoneware and glaze12 x 16 x 16 in (30.5 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)
    2018
    Inquire