Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo painting exhibition in New York of work by Gabriel Phipps on Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is titled Tectonics.
Gabriel Phipps' work is proof that simplification can be anything but simple. Relying on a relatively spare set of aesthetic givens—rough, blocky forms and a restricted palette of colors—these paintings provide remarkable food for aesthetic thought. This new exhibition features recent work that continues and deepens the artist's exploration of an abstracted visual language that regularly threatens to fracture of any fixed set of interpretive categories placed upon it.
Phipps' paintings evoke a series of densely-layered references, as their repeated forms call to mind everything from the elements, to cellular life, to figures, cityscapes, topographies and computer screens. These simultaneous references hover on or near the picture plane, charging the works with a deep psychological tension, a reflection of the viewer's own presence before the canvas. The strongly planar architecture of the paintings creates elemental forces that simultaneously rest and push upon one another, referring, in the artist's words, "to the delicate balance and occasional imbalance of tectonic plates."
Gabriel Phipps was born and raised in Boston in 1970 and graduated with an MFA in Painting from Boston University in 2000. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions in New York City, New England and the Hudson Valley. His first solo exhibition featured drawings and was held at Studio Gallery 88, in New York City, in 2003. His work embraces a variety of media, including painting, collage, book arts, printmaking
and drawing. He is represented in numerous public and private collections, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
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T e c t o n i c s
( Thursday ) 3 September - ( Saturday ) 3 October 2009
Reception for the artists: ( Thursday ) S e p t e m b e r 1 0, 2 0 0 9 , 6 - 8 p.m.