08 May 2017

Chelsea Gibson: The Space Between

Roxbury Arts Group

Reviewed by Ashley Norwood Cooper

Chelsea Gibson's shaped oil and watercolor paintings of domestic interiors find the abstraction in the everyday. The wit and and rigor of these compositions is unveiled slowly as the eye moves along dynamic pathways, through masterful orchestrations of color and variations of pattern.

In a large oil painting, the steady beat of white porcelain knobs on an apothecary cabinet is syncopated by shifting perspectives. A tiny watercolor depicts stripy distortions of light coming through a screen door that echo the shirt pattern of a figure seated on a sofa.

Gibson first works out her compositions as photo-collages. She emphasizes the traffic patterns through the interiors, as well as the shifting focal points that people experience as they go about their business in familiar, lived-in spaces.

Neither random observations, nor self-consciously staged compositions, these paintings are maps that lead us to the places where elements of art earnestly reveal themselves all around us.

Exhibition Chelsea Gibson: The Space Between link
Start date 04 Mar 2017
End date 06 May 2017
Presenter Roxbury Arts Group link
Venue 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY, USA map
Image Chelsea Gibson, Room for Everything, oil on panels, 50.5 x 43 inches, courtesy of the artist
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