David Gilbert, Ian Pedigo, Jessica Stockholder

September 11 - October 11, 2009

Opening Reception: September 11, 2009 6-8 pm

David Gilbert, Ian Pedigo, Jessica Stocklholder, installation view, 2009
David Gilbert, Light Impressions, 2008 archival inkjet print, towel, spray paint
Jessica Stockholder, untitled, 2009 pillow, plastic bowls, acrylic paint, orange plastic flipper, green wire, yarn, hardware, plastic parts, painted pole, pole stand, wire 90 1/2 x 30 x 25 inches
David Gilbert, Peach Parts, 2009 archival inkjet print 17 x 22 inches
Ian Pedigo, Totem, 2009 wood, glass, poster, paint marker, carpet, rocks 59 x 10 x 34 inches

Press Release

Linking the three artists in this show is their tendency towards the creation of formal compositional arrangements, which are both distanced from and employ the associative qualities of their materials. Ian Pedigo draws from cast off domestic building materials such as Formica and particleboard, natural detritus, and mass-produced imagery taken from magazines and posters. Jessica Stockholder is known for her sculptural compositions made from colorful consumer products, plastic fragments and acrylic paint. David Gilbert arranges elegant still lifes with intimate domestic items. All three artists distance their work’s meaning from the original objects of their making by employing them as formal elements, reduced to color, form, and texture. However, the history or original purpose of those objects is maintained and utilized intrinsically in the reading of the work.

Pictorialism is also inherent in these works. Photography, painting, mark-making and drawing are all evident in the framework of the sculptures. Photographs included by Gilbert recast the objects of sculptural installation into two-dimensional pictures, which are then used as objects themselves. Pedigo incorporates printed imagery and hand drawn mark-making as visual elements in his constructions. Stockholder uses objects and paint equally as a formal gesture, linking her sculptures to traditions of painting.