Portland based artist AJ Fosik brings his strikingly original artistic practice to NYC’s Jonathan LeVine gallery this month with Against the Infinite, a show exploring themes of mortality and invention. Fosik’s work incorporates the likes of weapons, skulls, exposed ribcages, and mythological figures to figuratively paint a picture of humanity’s struggle between the physical and symbolic selves. Works in Against the Infinite are inspired by The Denial of Death, a 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of psychology and philosophy penned by Ernest Becker. This book describes human civilization as an elaborate defense mechanism against the knowledge of our own mortality, which in turn acts as the emotional and intellectual response to our basic survival instinct. OK, let’s chill out for a second, that’s too heavy for a Monday morning. If the thematic intensity is not for you, do at least enjoy the stunning intricacy of Fosik’s latest body of work and if you’re in NYC, head down to Jonathan LeVine gallery where the show runs through December 21, 2013, and check it out for real.

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