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Gilbert Hsiao: Jump & Flow

Minus Space
111 Front Street, Suite 226, 347-525-4628
April 27 - June 16, 2012
Reception: Friday, April 27, 6 - 8 PM
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MINUS SPACE is pleased to announce the exhibition Gilbert Hsiao: Jump & Flow. This is the New York-based artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in New York after living in Berlin, Germany for the past four years. Hsiao’s exhibition will consist of an installation of recent shaped patterned paintings.

Gilbert Hsiao is one of the foremost pattern painters of his generation. Profoundly influenced by music – ranging from Minimal to Funk to World music genres – and an avid record collector, Hsiao has produced complex, non-narrative paintings, drawings, and works on paper since the early 1980s that foreground pure visual sensation. Concerning his greater practice he states, “I want to bring into being visual experiences for which we do not yet have words, but can experience nonetheless”.

Although premeditated in appearance, Hsiao works intuitively and builds the patterns and configurations in his paintings through the repeated process of taping and painting layer upon layer of line and color from the panel support forward. His color palette is refined and unambiguous, often utilizing three key colors: black, white, and silver. He then commonly combines these with one or more fluorescent colors, such as yellow, green, orange, red, blue, or purple.

Six years ago, Hsiao reached a seminal breakthrough in his work and began using shaped panels for his paintings. In the beginning, this included circles, triangles, and diamonds, but rapidly evolved into more complex shapes, such as pentagons, hexagons, octagons, parallelograms, quadrilaterals, trapezoids, kites, and pie shapes. The new shapes, when combined with the dynamic patterns depicted on them, appear deceptively simple, yet bestow a sense of preverbal contemplation on the viewer.

Gilbert Hsiao (b. 1956, PA; raised Terre Haute, IN) has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Thailand, and the United States. He has mounted solo exhibitions at MINUS SPACE, Dr. Julius | AP (Berlin, Germany), Gallery Sonja Roesch (Houston, TX), and White Columns (New York, NY), among others. Recent museum exhibitions include the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Ithaca, NY), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, MA), Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung (Bonn, Germany), and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY).

In April 2012, Hsiao received the prestigious Space Award from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and will begin his residency in Dumbo, Brooklyn in September. He was also awarded a Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2008. Hsiao is member of American Abstract Artists and he studied Art History at Columbia University (New York, NY) before receiving a BFA from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY).
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