YEA! It's official - Jeffry Mitchell is a genius!
This morning around 10am Jen Graves and Brendan Kiley walked into Cupcake Royale and presented Jeff with the 2009 Stranger Genius Award for Visual Art. I couldn't agree more. No one has had a better year than him. Between Some Things and Their Shadows, Dirt on Delight, Vases & Flowers, Flowers & Vases, Joy & Reffry, Panda, From Whence The Rainbow Came and an upcoming group show (Artists of Artech) at Wright Exhibition Space, he's pretty much been showing non-stop. At this point in his career, it'd be easy to rest on his past success. Instead, he's taking the opportunity to introduce some really breakthrough art which bridges his past to his present.
He's also been curating various shows (including Call & Response at Crawl Space), writing (a love note to Roy McMakin's Purplish for La Especial Norte), making private commissions and tons of other stuff.
I've spent innumerable hours with this fella discussing art over happy hours and The Stranger is right, Jeff's a genius! Love ya, tiger! So proud!!