new york: said the pigeon to the squirrel

© marc straus llc, nyc + samsøn, boston / jeffrey gibson - freedom [2013] - found tipi poles and other materials

artist jeffrey gibson has choctaw and cherokee roots, and draws upon his native american heritage and other aesthetic histories to reflect his own multifaceted and layered identity. gibson's work is an intuiguing blend is a powerful blend of varying cultural references that examine the dual problematic legacies of modernism and his own heritage. the artist currently has an exhibition, dubbed said the pigeon to the squirrel, at the national academy in new york city, featuring a number of new works that have been specifically made for the show. these include two works that use both hand-held and tabletop antique mirrors covered with hide and used as the support for abstract paintings.

interested in these mirrors not only for their decorative elements but also their role in the domestic life of the past, gibson has painted the hide with colorful geometric elements, interrupting the expected reflection and instead forcing the viewer to confront an abstraction. a highlight is the installation of a 20-foot travois, a traditional frame structure consisting of two tipi poles and used by indigenous peoples to transport goods. the object is adorned with a large abstractly painted hide trunk, as gibson rethinks the notion of traditional nomadism in our current go-anywhere virtual culture [on through sep 8]. location: 1083 fifth avenue [upper east north].

© marc straus llc, nyc + samsøn, boston / jeffrey gibson - infinite sampling [detail - 2010] - various materials