Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe

 April 30 - June 14, 2008
Thought in a Garden (2008)
Oil on linen
86h x 38w in (218.44h x 96.52w cm)
Thought in a Garden (2008)
Oil on linen
86h x 38w in (218.44h x 96.52w cm)
Did I Just See a Leopard? (2008)
Oil on linen
66.5h x 28.38w in (168.91h x 72.09w cm)
Did I Just See a Leopard? (2008)
Oil on linen
66.5h x 28.38w in (168.91h x 72.09w cm)
Up (2008)
Oil on linen
84h x 29w in (213.36h x 73.66w cm)
Up (2008)
Oil on linen
84h x 29w in (213.36h x 73.66w cm)
Pynchon (2008)
Oil on linen
66.5h x 28w in (168.91h x 71.12w cm)
Pynchon (2008)
Oil on linen
66.5h x 28w in (168.91h x 71.12w cm)

About the Exhibition

Press Release PDF 83 K

April 30 - June 14, 2008

Alexander Gray Associates

In the four abstract paintings in this exhibition, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe revisits the grid and the vertically oriented canvas. The grid, which possessed a more architectural look when it first appeared in his paintings in the late 1970s and early 80s, becomes a mesmerizing force in new paintings such as Pynchon. Covering the entire canvas with a meticulously rendered rectangular grid, Gilbert-Rolfe uses the grid in Pynchon to suggest the depth of a screen and the temporal duration associated with music. An empathetic relationship with the viewer’s body is encouraged by all of the paintings’ verticality, which also shifts their compositional foci to the center, where a crevice runs down the center of each painting.

Gilbert-Rolfe has said that he “want[s] to reverse the relationship between color and drawing in painting.” In this new body of paintings, he has continued this pursuit by almost completely abandoning painterly gesture and instead using the grid to feature color in its most exuberant forms. Using a technique that involves building layers of glazes, Gilbert-Rolfe flaunts color, punching up the brightness of his pinks and yellows by juxtaposing them with dark browns and blues.

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