Jeffrey Gibson: ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
June 1-July 22, 2023
Jessica Silverman is pleased to announce Jeffrey Gibson: ONCE MORE WITH FEELING, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, running from June 1 to July 22, 2023. This exhibition will premiere nine new collages, incorporating found objects and images, beadwork, and textiles into intricate arrangements. Concurrent to the exhibition is the solo museum exhibition Jeffrey Gibson: THE SPIRITS ARE LAUGHING at Aspen Art Museum on view through November 5, 2023, as well as the launch of An Indigenous Present, a book conceived and edited by the artist.
Drawing on his Cherokee and Choctaw heritage throughout his varied practice, Gibson has turned to collage as a medium towards both self-discovery and inquiry into consumption, empowerment, and non-Western modes of relating to one another. The artist collects offcuts, paper scraps, objects, and imagery and stores them over decades in his studio. He assembles these disparate items to create new works, relating forgotten materials to the fractured history of Native peoples.
Jeffrey GibsonPRAYING FOR TIME
Cold press watercolor paper, studio ephemera, archival pigment prints on watercolor paper, acrylic paint, vintage beaded panel, vintage beaded belt buckle, vintage beaded medallion, glass beads, nylon thread and muslin
Paper size: 42 1/2 x 33 3/4 inches / 108 x 85.7 cm
Jeffrey GibsonONCE MORE WITH FEELING
Cold press watercolor paper, studio ephemera, book clippings, early watercolors from artist's archive, acrylic paint, vintage beaded wrist watch, vintage beaded belt buckle, vintage hair clip, glass beads, nylon thread and muslin
Paper size: 46 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches / 118.1 x 82.5 cm
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
Networks of Indigenous kinship and care run throughout the exhibition, which shares its title with Gibson’s 2023 collage ONCE MORE WITH FEELING—the notable lyrics of Joan Armatrading’s “Love and Affection.” Set against a vivid red and green geometric background, the artist assembles found Native American handmade objects, like watch bands and belt buckles collected from online sellers with little discernible history, alongside an image of an unknown Native woman’s face. Taken from a book illustrating “primitive cultures,” Gibson rejects the image’s origin, presenting the woman anew, self-assured and autonomous from the settler’s gaze.
Jeffrey GibsonHOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE
Cold press watercolor paper, studio ephemera, archival pigment prints on cotton, acrylic paint, vintage beaded belt buckle, vintage beaded panel, vintage pinback button, glass beads, nylon thread and muslin
Paper size: 23 1/4 x 55 3/8 inches / 59.1 x 140.7 cm
HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE
PRAYING FOR TIME (2023) addresses the work of the late 19th century American artist Elbridge Ayer Burbank who made portraits of over 1,200 Native people, often dressed in garments distinct from their own tribe or culture.
In Gibson’s work, Burbank’s portraits of sitters White Swan and Christian Naiche are confronted by an intervention of beadwork and vibrant patterning. Between them, typographic block letters spell out the work’s title—borrowed from a George Michael song. Burbank, among other ethnographic artists of the time, believed Native Americans to be a “dying race,” which Gibson confronts with an incisive political demand against erasure.
Jeffrey GibsonI DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOUR LOVE
Cold press watercolor paper, studio ephemera, archival pigment prints on cotton, acrylic paint, two vintage beaded panels, vintage beaded belt buckle, vintage silver charm, glass beads, nylon thread and muslin
Paper size: 41 5/8 x 29 inches / 105.7 x 73.7 cm
I DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOUR LOVE
Jeffrey GibsonPLASTIC MAN
Cold press watercolor paper, acrylic paint, Playmobil figures, vintage beaded panel, vintage beaded wallet, glass beads, nylon thread and muslin
Paper size: 41 3/4 x 29 1/2 inches / 106 x 74.9 cm
Indeed music is an ongoing influence for the artist, whose cosmically colored collage, PLASTIC MAN (2023) references The Temptations’ funky 1973 rendition of Norman Whitfield’s song of the same title. The work features three 1980s Playmobil figures framed in beadwork against a geometric pattern.
Exposing the extent to which Native representations have been circulated and appropriated by non-Native individuals, literally here as plastic figurines, Gibson pushes back against narratives that have been wielded to intentionally isolate or divide. Instead, his work brings materials back into dialogue with their origins, using this as a way to overcome the scars of colonialism and usher in a future of hope and joy.
Jeffrey GibsonI DREAMED I HELD YOU IN MY ARMS
Cold press watercolor paper, studio ephemera, archival pigment prints on cotton, acrylic paint, vintage pin back button, vintage beaded barrette, vintage beaded belt buckle, glass beads, nylon thread and muslin
Paper size: 31 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches / 80.6 x 67.3 cm
I DREAMED I HELD YOU IN MY ARMS
Jeffrey GibsonTIME WILL TELL
Cold press watercolor paper, studio ephemera, archival pigment prints on watercolor paper, acrylic paint, vintage beaded brooch, vintage beaded wristwatch, glass beads, nylon thread and muslin
Paper size: 23 1/4 x 18 3/4 inches / 59.1 x 47.6 cm
Cold press watercolor paper, studio ephemera, acrylic paint, vintage skookum doll, vintage beaded bag and shoe charm, vintage brass and enamel broach, vintage pinback button, glass beads, nylon thread and muslin
Paper size: 34 7/8 x 17 3/8 inches / 88.6 x 44.1 cm
Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972, Colorado Springs, CO) has a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA from Royal College of Art. Gibson has enjoyed solo exhibitions at ICA San Francisco; Aspen Art Museum; SITE Santa Fe, NM; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Benenson Center at Art Omi, Ghent, NY; Brooklyn Art Museum, NY; New Museum, NY; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI; Seattle Art Museum; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson; Denver Art Museum; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY; and ICA Boston. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR; Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; as well as the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY and the Toronto Biennial 2022. Gibson’s work is held in the collections of Denver Art Museum; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; MFA Boston; The Met, NY; MoMA, NY; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Seattle Art Museum; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, among others. He is a recipient of numerous awards, notably a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant; and Creative Capital Award. Gibson lives and works in Hudson Valley, NY.