Thursday, November 11, 2021

Sharp Edges, Lyrical Bodies: A Tour of Jeffrey Gib...

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About Sharp Edges, Lyrical Bodies: A Tour of Jeffrey Gibson: Infinite Indigenous Queer Love with Curatorial Assistant Krista Alba

Multidisciplinary artist Jeffrey Gibson utilizes the visual languages of modernism as a critical tool, making use of bold geometry, vibrant colors, and graphic elements to illuminate the complexity of culture, history, and self. Join Curatorial Assistant Krista Alba on a tour that spotlights Gibson’s use of mid-century artistic styles in his oeuvre—such as minimalism, color field painting, and abstract expressionism—and uncover why something as simple as a triangle or a gestural mark can wield multiple meanings and influences.

About the Artist

Jeffrey Gibson’s vibrantly patterned work makes reference to his Choctaw-Cherokee heritage as well as his queer identity, and the aesthetics and biases associated with those identity markers. He works across painting, sculpture, video, performance, and installation art. He draws on Indigenous process and materials, and queer histories that use camp aesthetics as a critical strategy to deny any romanticizing of Indigenous cultures. By exaggerating these aesthetics Gibson forges conversations that transcend binary thinking. Merging styles and historical references, Gibson states, “I have continued to think about my practice as encompassing the past and present while considering the future.”

Gibson (b. 1972) earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. His celebrated work has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; the New Museum, New York, and Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, NY. His work was also included in the 2019 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. A 2019 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Gibson is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

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