Portfolio by David Gilbert

Suburban sprawl and craft-store spree meet creeping apocalyptic bleakness.

New York Live Arts presents

Marjani Forte
Nov 15-19


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David Gilbert, The Walker, image 2014, print 2017, color photograph. All images courtesy of the artist and Klauss von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York.

In David Gilbert’s studio, odds and ends appear and reappear through the revolving door of his many temporary sculptural constructions. Process, mutability, and the space of solitary play are central subjects. Recycled pieces of fabric, drapery, scraps of wood, wire, cut cardboard and paper, other photos, painted motifs, yarn, cord, ceramics, and stickers come and go, speaking not of Michelangelo but of a latter-day tween-on-a-budget twist on Giacometti’s emaciated sickly figures—suburban sprawl and craft-store spree meet creeping apocalyptic bleakness on the one hand, and tenderness with a sweet attention to detail on the other. Gilbert’s photographs gathered here represent his portrait mode: a set of singular if fleeting figures, both ridiculous and touching, poignant and exposed and devastated and silly, posing and vogueing for the camera in a rather formal, even proud sort of succession.

—Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

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Rainbow Bust, 2017, color photograph.

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Shower Buddy, 2017, color photograph.

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Baby Girl Bedtime, 2017, color photograph.

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Evening Nursery, 2017, color photograph.

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Baby Girl, 2017, color photograph.

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Arise!, image 2016, print 2017, color photograph.

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Dark Blue Girl, 2017, color photograph.

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Zach’s Tree, image 2011, print 2017, color photograph.

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Strung Up, image 2011, print 2017, color photograph.

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Skeleton Crew, 2017, color photograph.

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Silk Bird, image 2015, print 2017, color photograph.

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Swan Lake, Act Two, image 2012, print 2017, color photograph.

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Dark Tree, 2017, color photograph.

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Blue Velvet, image 2015, print 2017, color photograph.

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Pink Lady, image 2012, print 2017, color photograph.

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Curtsey Too, image 2010, print 2017, color photograph.

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Angel with Pink Spots, image 2012, print 2017, color photograph

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Blonde Streak, 2017, color photograph.

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Purple, Green, Baby Blue, image 2013, print 2017, color photograph.

David Gilbert’s work is included in the group exhibition Hurts to Laugh at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, up through August 19, 2017. He will also be featured in a solo exhibition at Klaus von Nichtssagend in spring 2018.

David Gilbert lives in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, The New Yorker, XTRA Magazine, and Art Review. His latest performance, Duets, (a collaboration with Paul Pescador) was presented as part of PERFORMA15 in New York and then again in Los Angeles in 2016. In 2017, his work has so far been included in exhibitions at The Finleyawhrhwar, and Various Small Fires in Los Angeles. He is represented by Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, where he has had three solo exhibitions. He received his MFA from UC Riverside and his BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

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