There are a number of ways to discover artists—studio visits, MFA shows, Instagram. But likely none have been spotted on the crime segment of the nightly news, which is where Jason Harvey, a veteran sketch artist for the New York Police Department, could be seen plying his trade. It takes a certain facility to make precise renderings of suspects from simply word of mouth, but rarely did Harvey get to indulge his artistic imagination on the job. That’s how he came up with the “fantasy composites” he’s showing at his first gallery exhibition, at Fort Gansevoort in New York. The perps depicted might be fictional, but the plainclothes at the Meatpacking opening on Wednesday—you could spot them from across the room—definitely looked a little jumpy at the sight of that lineup.
“Jason Harvey” is on view through December 19 at New York’s Fort Gansevoort gallery, 5 Ninth Avenue.