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New York, NY – MARC STRAUS is proud to present its third one-person exhibition of work by Jeffrey Gibson.

Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972), who is half Choctaw and half Cherokee, creates sculptures and paintings that intermingle more traditional Native American art with contemporary art and culture. His works are irrefutable evidence that such taxonomies can sit comfortably together, resulting in amalgams of his vast personal interests and unique biography that demonstrate the ease of inclusion.

Assimilating influences such as indigenous art and craft, politics, music, fashion, urban subculture and art history, Gibson coalesces elements from each then re-contextualizes and levels them. Popular music lyrics are suddenly imbued with the gravitas of political statements. His visual language is bold, colorful and vibrant often with geometric arrangements that convey tempo, rhythm, interwoven colors, repetition, variation and silence. The communal spirit is an important aspect here – the works require laborious craft contributed by his studio assistants whom he regards as family.

Almost all the works in the show contain text that are charged with personal meaning, elaborately embroidered in beadwork and testament that design can have content. Gibson appropriates phrases from popular song lyrics, social movements and has recently incorporated his own writings. His use of language thus parallels that of Sister Corita Kent, and like her Gibson has begun to arrange words in scattered and atypical formatting. Sentences are no longer a simple left to right read; they become fragments of a thought floating in one’s mind.

Two new life-sized figures, made with heavily adorned cloaks draped over wooden armatures, are exalted to the role of mythical creatures. Affixed with ceramic heads, the anachronistic beings offer advice to those who are willing to ask the right questions. Are they benevolent, malevolent or just taciturn sentinels?

Embodying the vitality of Native American powwow dancers, the highly adorned punching bags are fully remade but maintain the pugilistic power of its former identity. For Gibson these “bags” personify motley characters: punks, goths, rockers, queers, dancers, fighters. They bear fealty to his heritage, but at the same time obdurately reject associations with any specific culture. They are beautiful, expressive outsiders.

In his new series of beaded wall hangings, Gibson references textiles and blankets traditionally worn as robes, now placards for abstracted graphical aphorisms that connect to immediate social issues. The thoughts behind activist political statements, often obscured by conflicting viewpoints, are revealed and become more personal reveries. In “American History”, Gibson remembers James Baldwin’s famous words through a beaded quilt composition.

His new monochromatic paintings explore a greatly reduced palette. Painted on rawhide, the hard-edge geometric shapes accentuate its materiality; reminding one that it once was a living sentient being. In Document 2015, gray painted monochrome on a full-size deer hide beautifully conflates issues of abstraction with the transience and fragility of life. These sublime works hold reverence for all creatures.

About Jeffrey Gibson
Jeffrey Gibson attended The Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and The Royal College of Art, UK (MA). He was raised in the United States, Germany, and South Korea. Gibson’s artworks are in the permanent collections of many major art museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Gallery of Canada, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Denver Art Museum. In 2013 he had one-person exhibitions at The ICA Boston, National Academy Museum NYC, and the Rollins Museum. In 2017 he will have a one-person internationally traveling exhibition originating at The Denver Museum of Art. Gibson teaches in the Studio Arts Program at Bard College and is a 2012 TED Foundation Fellow. He is represented by MARC STRAUS (NYC).

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Works In Exhibition
Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Drift wood, hardware, wool, canvas, glass beads, quartz crystal, artificial sinew, metal jingles, nylon fringe, acrylic, high fire glazed ceramic
72 1/2 x 53 x 112 in
184 x 135 x 285 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
SPEAK TO ME IN YOUR WAY SO I CAN HEAR YOU

2015
Drift wood, hardware, wool, canvas, glass beads, quartz crystal, artificial sinew, metal jingles, nylon fringe, acrylic, high fire glazed ceramic
72 1/2 x 53 x 112 in
184 x 135 x 285 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Wool, Steel studs, Glass beads, Artificial sinew, Metal jingles, Acrylic yarn, Nylon fringe, canvas
89 x 66 x 5 in / 226 x 168 x 13 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
AMERICAN HISTORY (JB)

2015
Wool, Steel studs, Glass beads, Artificial sinew, Metal jingles, Acrylic yarn, Nylon fringe, canvas
89 x 66 x 5 in / 226 x 168 x 13 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Wool, steel studs, glass beads, artificial sinew, metal jingles, canvas, wood
61 x 72 x 4 in / 155 x 183 x 10 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
IN TIME WE COULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH MORE

2015
Wool, steel studs, glass beads, artificial sinew, metal jingles, canvas, wood
61 x 72 x 4 in / 155 x 183 x 10 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Glass beads, Wool, Canvas, Artificial sinew, Steel studs over wood panel
40 x 30 in / 102 x 76 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE

2015
Glass beads, Wool, Canvas, Artificial sinew, Steel studs over wood panel
40 x 30 in / 102 x 76 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Glass beads, Wool, Canvas, Artificial sinew, Steel studs, Copper cones over wood panel
40 x 30 in / 102 x 76 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU + ME

2015
Glass beads, Wool, Canvas, Artificial sinew, Steel studs, Copper cones over wood panel
40 x 30 in / 102 x 76 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Glass beads, Wool, Canvas, Artificial sinew, Steel studs over wood panel
40 x 30 in / 102 x 76 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH

2015
Glass beads, Wool, Canvas, Artificial sinew, Steel studs over wood panel
40 x 30 in / 102 x 76 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, steel studs, beads, artificial sinew, steel, nylon fringe
50 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in
127 x 32 x 32 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
I CAN SEE YOU

2015
Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, steel studs, beads, artificial sinew, steel, nylon fringe
50 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in
127 x 32 x 32 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, artificial sinew, amethyst, steel
41 x 14 x 14 in / 104 x 36 x 36 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE

2015
Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, artificial sinew, amethyst, steel
41 x 14 x 14 in / 104 x 36 x 36 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, oxidized copper beads, artificial sinew, steel
30 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in / 76 x 32 x 32 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
SHARECROPPER

2015
Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, oxidized copper beads, artificial sinew, steel
30 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in / 76 x 32 x 32 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Acrylic and graphite on rawhide over wood panel
16 x 33 in
41 x 84 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Thinking of You

2015
Acrylic and graphite on rawhide over wood panel
16 x 33 in
41 x 84 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Acrylic and graphite on rawhide over wood panel
16 x 16 in
41 x 41 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Under Cover

2015
Acrylic and graphite on rawhide over wood panel
16 x 16 in
41 x 41 cm

Jeffrey Gibson 2015
Acrylic and graphite on rawhide over wood panel
18 x 19 in
41 x 41 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Ebb and Flow

2015
Acrylic and graphite on rawhide over wood panel
18 x 19 in
41 x 41 cm

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