“American Beauty” Nicole Awai, SunTek Chung, Rico Gatson, Mark Thomas Gibson, Alejandro Guzman, Maren Hassinger, Ariel Jackson, Matthew Day Jackson, Dawit L. Petros, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Naomi Reis and Michael Vahrenwald.
“The idea of this group show, organized by the artist William Villalongo, is that art can look good and think tough at the same time, and so it can… There’s a lot of expertly made violence on hand: torn-apart heads… best of show comes from Matthew Day Jackson and his mother, Karen Jackson. After Mr. Jackson cuts out images from 1960s Life magazine covers, his mother mends the excisions with needlepoint.” - Holland Cotter, NY Times
“I’m always interested in seducing the viewer and then hitting them on the way out, allowing a delayed response to powerfully charged content.” says #BKArtistBall artist Rico Gatson. Step into his world today as he takes over our Instagram!
Color has an echo and at this exhibition’s center is Sam Gilliam, internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost Color Field Painters and Lyrical Abstractionist artists. Around Gilliam, there’s restraint, equanimity and balance. There is the blackness of both Rico Gatson’s and Dan Steinhilber’s sculptural abstractions, works that are intensified by Jane Kent’s overlapping musical scores, further blurred by Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson painting upon silk threads and made distinctive by Meg Lipke’s beeswax with India-inked and fabric dyed drawings. -thru Aug 24
“Three Trips Around the Block” is a survey of Gatson’s sculpture, painting, video, drawings, and installations, including several new pieces created for the exhibition. The title of the retrospective stems from a powerful experience Gatson had with his brother who, after spending fifteen years in prison, reconnected with the artist by taking a long walk around the block. The conversation that occurred during their “trips around the block” inspired Gatson to creatively explore their own disparate lives – a personal excavation made public in this poignant and provocative exhibition.
Tomorrow (Nov 3) 7pm: RICO GATSON in conversation with THELMA GOLDEN, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, reunites with artist Rico Gatson, who was included in the Museum’s influential exhibitions Black Belt (2003) and FREESTYLE(2001). Using the work in Three Trips Around the Block as a jumping off point, the speakers will engage in a wide-ranging conversation on Gatson’s art, influences, and career.
Q&A after the discussion. $5 general admission. Cash bar.