Fitzroy Gallery is pleased to announce "Thick as A Brick", a solo exhibition by Gibb Slife, comprised of new paintings, sculpture and photographs.
In his second exhibition at Fitzroy Gallery, Gibb Slife explores the path between incongruous pop culture ephemera and the trompe l'oeil spirit of the permanent moment. Slife's exploration of "painting as object", with references ranging from Pablo Picasso's Dora Maar Au Chat to John Peto's Letter Rack, seeks to draw connections between the abstract, the gesture and the photograph.
In moments where the visual eclipses thought, clarity and static are interchangeable. Neither nihilism nor optimism are at play in "Thick As A Brick", there is only a state of 'becoming." Distorted appearances, coffee stains and an awkwardly composed flower box are among the elements that create a visual narrative that threads the show together. Slife's interest in the fine line that separates the stringent from the unscrupulous is evident and it suggests that rational deduction is only a temporary state of mind.
Gibb Slife was born in 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. His work most recently appeared in Blind Cut, at Marlborough Chelsea, New York, and he has had solo exhibitions at Mitterrand + Sanz/Contemporary, Zurich, and Galerie Pixi - Marie Victoire Poliakoff, Paris. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Gagosian, New York and White Columns, New York. Slife lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
"Thick as a Brick" will be on view September 15 through November 10, 2012 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 15 from 6 - 8 pm. This will be the inaugural exhibition at our new location 195 Chrystie Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets. Fitzroy Gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am - 6 pm and by appointment. For further inquiries, please contact the gallery at 212.343.8670, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fitzroygallery.com.