Each December Gilman Contemporary celebrates the diversity of the artists they bring to Sun Valley with a dynamic group exhibition. This year the gallery teases future summer exhibitions including Carmen McNall and Mayme Kratz, who will have solo exhibitions in 2023. Also featured in December’s group exhibit are gallery newcomers Matt Duffin and Ghislain Brown-Kossi. Matt Duffin explores the themes of solitude and irony through moody and “neurotically meticulous” encaustic wax paintings. He uses the stark contrast of extreme light and shadow, as well as strong compositional strategies, to enhance his implied narratives creating works that are simultaneously dark and humorous. Ghislain Brown-Kossi’s childhood in France and Ivory Coast heritage feed his work as an archeological pop artist. Mixed dialects and cultures inspire his colorful, bold, and geometric work with hieroglyphic symbols emerging through sand. Gilman will also present works by local artist Jill Lear, Brazilian artist Thai Mainhard, and Hunt Slonem whose art can be found in the permanent collections of 250 museums around the world including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Pictured work is Carmen McNall’s “Enfold in a Greater Space #3”, acrylic on hand carved wood panel.
What lies in the depths of a vinyl record? What messages can you discover in the dead wax? Come explore some of the greatest records of the 20th century in Wendel Wirth’s hi definition photography. Taking a minimalist approach, Wirth invites viewers to explore the landscape that delivers us the music we love.
On the rodeo circuit and in the ring, Steve Wrubel captures those fleeting moments that appear as a blur from the sidelines. Wrubel’s photography isolates his subjects from the chaotic scene that is the rodeo and inserts them into remote landscapes. This brings into sharp focus the dance between rider and animal, harking back to an earlier time in the American west.
Growing up in California during the 50’s and 60’s Greg Miller was steeped in the pop culture of mid-century Americana. Miller draws from a time when advertising and text became encrypted into our experience of everyday life, when life as “advertised” and life as “lived” became intertwined for rural and urban dwellers alike. His images are saturated with hidden messages inviting the viewer to delver deep into his pieces, and into their own perceptions and nostalgia of the era.
Join Gilman Contemporary for Gallery Walk on Friday, September 2nd. Have a glass of wine or an Aperol spritz and view Greg Miller’s pop collage, Steve Wrubel’s rodeo photography, and Wendel Wirth’s hi-def record photography.
Italian painter Marco Casentini has a true understanding of the form and function of color. Starting with simple blocks, Casentini builds flat, dynamic surfaces that use complementary hues to create a vibrancy that is present in even the most muted works. Each painting works within the constraints of geometry while expanding the way we perceive shape and color. Known for solid square layers of color, Casentini’s new work adds dimension through intricate lines that are laced over larger, solid swatches of pigment. The gridded, woven overlays draw on the complex visual relationship between colors. In his linear works, the vertical or horizontal stripes offer a sense of harmony, vibration, and rhythmic brilliance.
Join Gilman Contemporary for an artist reception for photographer Laurie Victor Kay. Through lyrical photographic constructs and seamless arrangements Laurie Victor Kay’s photographs play with our sense of perspective and give new life to familiar landscapes.
Laurie Victor Kay’s vibrant photographic compositions of trees and urban scenes will be featured in Kay’s fifth solo exhibition at Gilman Contemporary. Through her lyrical photographic constructs, seamless arrangements play with our sense of perspective and give new life to familiar landscapes. Her arboreal images show branches, trunks, and leaves splitting and rejoining to create a new narrative that is no longer natural, but more phycological. She injects hyper hues and rewrites these images with her unique visual language. Metro scenes and ornate interiors are further manipulated with an almost mathematical perfectionism allowing her to construct energized and idealized spaces. It is no surprise that Laurie was once a painter, each photographic work is reimagined until they provoke a sense of exploration and abandonment. Laurie Victor Kay’s works are in numerous private collections throughout the United States. Laurie owns Laurie and Charles Photographs in Omaha, Nebraska. Her commercial clients include the Tiger Woods Foundation, Nike, Proctor and Gamble, AT&T, the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel and Leisure, among many others.
Join Gilman Contemporary for Gallery Walk on Friday, February 18th. Have a glass of wine and share a toast with local artist Jill Lear.
This fall Gilman Contemporary is featuring new work by four representational painters who each have a unique way of abstracting the recognizable. Laura Schiff Bean, Craig Mooney, John Westmark, and Jill Leareach bring a distinctive perspectives and materials to their canvases. Craig Mooney is known for creating cinematic oil paintings that incorporate and manipulate light. In his figurative paintings, women are captured in moments of repose and are presented in an atmosphere often described as dreamlike. His cityscapes offer a glimpse of suspended time, both familiar and illusory. Regardless of the subject matter, Mooney’s brush strokes and color work create a viewpoint that transcends the subject, by nearly abstracting the familiar to create a dramatic perspective. Laura Schiff Bean’s dramatic dress portraits stem from her interest in the human psyche along with her fascination with dresses. Each are characterized by the absence of a physical body making each work anonymous but with its own personality. With dripping, generous paint the dress becomes inhabited by an unseen presence that reflects on identity and gender. The female figures in John Westmark’s paintings are composed of store-bought sewing patterns and acrylic paint on canvas. The patterns are used to create dimension in each …
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