American Indian Community House Gallery
708 Broadway, between West 4th Street and Washington Place, 212-598-0100
October 5 - November 23, 2005
Reception: Wednesday, October 5, 6 - 8 PM
The American Indian Community House Gallery will present Indigenous Anomaly, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by artist Jeffrey Gibson (Cherokee/Choctaw). Jeffrey Gibson: Indigenous Anomaly is guest-curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby, Assistant Curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.
The exhibition will feature five mid to large-scale oil and pigmented silicone paintings, plus works on paper. This new body of work marks the emergence of human forms within the lush and visually intoxicating environment that Gibson has been painting for the past two years. The artist continues building the fantastical landscapes using layers of intensely colored marks, glossy and transparent pours, and his signature use of pigmented silicone, which seems to grow from the imagined terrain meandering across and off of the painted surface.
The figures in the new landscape are engrossed in this sensual environment where, according to Gibson, “no hierarchy of man/woman over nature exists.” This series depicts a blissful state of utopia where couples are forming and people are frolicking, but there are small clues that this is a momentary condition. As concerns from the real world encroach, “eventually the ‘high’ will wear off and the characters will succumb to their earthly desires and selfish motives.”