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Time Out

David Gilbert, “Coming of Age”

By Nana Asfour

September 30, 2013

In a series of striking images that combine still-life photography with impromptu sculpture, Los Angeles artist David Gilbert establishes himself as a master of junk. Gilbert creates tranquility out of a skillfully designed mess of drawings, canvases, studio furnishings and random detritus—yarn, tablecloths, clothing—reflecting his mesmerizing attention to color, composition and drapery.

Almost all of the works use natural light. In the deftly staged Drama at Sunset (Summer), dusk tints the studio’s windows a theatrical purplish-orange. In Dawn, daylight beaming through windows is offset by the whiteness of the wall and the artist’s props: a tablecloth draped over black-and-purple cardboard, and a ballerina’s slipper set into the middle of a dangling wire sculpture.