Thursday, January 8, 2009

Half Colors Of Quarter Things

Opens tonight 6-8pm!

Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Half Colors of Quarter Things, a group exhibition featuring the work of Chris Gentile, Zohar Lazar and Joshua Marsh.

Gentile, Lazar and Marsh each offer a unique visual experience, employing the underlying principles of still life. Distinguished by a particular medium and the vernacular approach inherent to that medium, these artists combine and arrange signature pictorial elements, engaging them on both formal and metaphoric levels. The title of the exhibition, Half Colors of Quarter Things (taken from the Wallace Stevens poem, The Motive for Metaphor), seemingly refers to the incapacity of language to fully describe the physical world. Similarly, the works included in this exhibition resist written or verbal interpretation, evoking instead a sensation closer to déjà vu.

In the photographs of Chris Gentile, the semiotic efficiency of commercial photography is paired with the technical capacity of a sculptor or painter. Presented as allegories of his studio practice, Gentile's photographs investigate the romantic notion of the artist as alchemist. End Times / Amend Times #7 features a blue container elevated by a crudely constructed scaffold, isolated and centered against a black background and resting on a mysterious support. This overall scenario of disparate parts creates both a unique structure and new image.

Chris 'Bubbie' Gentile has had two solo exhibitions with the gallery and he will have a solo exhibition at The Peeler Art Center, Depauw University, in Greencastle, Indiana in spring 2009. His work has been exhibited at Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco (solo); Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia (solo) and in group exhibitions at Rotunda Gallery and Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn. He received his MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and lives in Brooklyn.

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