Samsøn is pleased to start the season with a two-person painting exhibition: The Shades by Jackie Saccoccio & Jeffrey Gibson. This is the 1st time they’re exhibiting together. Each artist uses their own dense visual language as muse and expands on it using subjective and improvisational strategies countered by more objective and decisive structuring of the overall gallery installation, accessing The Shades. The title lightly refers to Ovid’s Rome where the ghosts of the ancient Romans are referred to as shades of the dead, their physical description being immense and shapeless. Saccoccio and Gibson take this as a metaphorical starting point to consider contemporary abstraction. The works traverse the real and are fixed on the viewing moment. The paintings are real and of this world. Both artists take what is happening within the paintings to address the space, alter the space, re-invent a space. Ab-Ex, Pattern & Decoration, Neo Geo and Op mix with Dadaist and Conceptual practises.
Each artist approaches the shades from opposite sides of the spectrum. Gibson arrives through the conceptual and mechanical manipulation of his personal mark-making that in and of itself question compilations of identity and culture. He wallpapers a portion of the gallery in monochromatic posters of exact reproductions of 10 modest size paintings on linen, all the same size and one woven version digitally produced (via Photoshop) installed atop the posters. Saccoccio explores the absence of the mark as she paints improvisational images of overlays that appear in her paintings (also installed atop). The Gibson wallpaper and Saccoccio wall painting will greet, meet, introduce, collide and coexist.
Jeffrey Gibson (b. Choctaw/Cherokee, 1972) was recently the Golden Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts. His work will be included in Collision at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design Museum (Providence, RI), Vantage Point at the National Museum of The American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC) and Changing Hands 3 at the Museum of Art and Design (NY, NYC). He received a Creative Capital Visual Arts Grant in 2005 and The Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship in 2009.
Jackie Saccoccio (b. Providence, RI, 1963) lives and works in CT and NY. She has an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her large-scale abstract paintings and wall drawings throughout the USA & Europe. Earlier this year she had a solo exhibition at Eleven Rivington (NY, NY) and will be guest curator and a participant in the immersive collaborative exhibition, Collision, at the RISD Museum of Art (Providence, RI) later this Fall. Saccoccio was awarded the Rome Prize in Visual Arts from the American Academy in Rome in 2005.
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