ICA To Show Work by Jeffrey Gibson
First Museum Solo for Native American Artist
By: ICA - Apr 23, 2013
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston presents Jeffrey Gibson, Love Song—the first solo museum exhibition of the New York-based artist. Gibson’s paintings and sculptures deftly bring together geometric abstract painting with Native American visual traditions.
The artist participated in No Reservations: Native American History and Culture in Contemporary Art, curated by Richard Klein for the Aldrich Museum in 2006. His relief sculpture was attached to the exterior wall of the museum.
His mixed-media sculptures combine traditional craft with Op Art: drum heads, linked and suspended as a column, are painted with geometric patterns; a recycled army blanket is painted with related motifs and hung from a flag pole. The artist’s most recent paintings, composed on stretched animal hide, are featured in a series titled Constellation. With the integration of abstraction, Gibson’s provocative use of hide refers to intertribal Native American culture while challenging the trajectory of modern art. Organized by Jenelle Porter, Mannion Family Senior Curator, the exhibition features 23 works in painting, sculpture, and video. Jeffrey Gibson, Love Song is on view at the ICA from May 1 through July 14, 2013.
Gibson is half-Cherokee and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. He was raised in the United States, Germany, and South Korea. He earned a Master of Arts degree in painting at The Royal College of Art, London in 1998 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Jeffrey Gibson, Love Song at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. A solo exhibition of Gibson’s work, Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel, will be on view at the National Gallery in New York from May 23 to Sept. 8, 2013.