Finley Fryer: The Cat Band
July 28 – August 18 1979
As part of the larger exhibition, “In A Pictorial Framework,” Finley Fryer presented his installation The Cat Band, a work that had begun two years earlier with drawings and watercolors of The Cat Organ. Some of the watercolors started to look three dimensional, thus necessitating
a realization in sculptural terms. With the prop-like figures, the dramatic subject matter and presentation, and a direct indebtedness to other artistic traditions, his work became deliberately theatrical.
Different facets of Fryer’s life directly entered the work. He was introduced to stained glass techniques when he got a job restoring church windows. The contrast of spending most of his time in churches, and then entering the “real” world, presented extremes which affected his work. The relationship between the band and the windows was one of separate yet supportive entities. As a whole, the piece formed a structured madness far removed from the mundane necessities of an outside world.