Posted by Mary Jeys on August 29, 2007 3:58 PM
Eric Gibbons and Nathan Green
September 1- October 6, 2007
Reception, September 1st, 2007
at Art Palace in Austin, TX
War, the diamond trade, killer bees, traffic jams, global warming, killer asteroids, pandemics, cancer, violent crime, religious fanaticism, poverty, tsunamis, governmental corruption, genital herpes, bird flu, identity theft, torture. Nathan Greenīs work strives for an absurdity equal to that which is reflected in the above list, but in the opposite direction. His is a search for the ecstatic where vivid visions of unrealistic and impossible situations present a world overflowing with delight and glee, almost to a burden. Where Greenīs paintings use a lexicon that includes childrenīs drawings, nature, drug culture and utopian architecture, Eric Gibbonīs has chosen to focus on one figure whose oeuvre is defined by earnestness and seeming effortless ponderings on love, betrayal, desire, aging and God: Paul Simon. Gibbonīs portraits of Simon function as a means to process the poetry and beauty of the songwriterīs music. Greenīs and Gibbonīs worlds sometimes converge thematically, and at other times stylistically, but both worlds always profess a steady devotion to the idea of miracle and wonder. The title of this two-person exhibition, ī Lasers in the Jungleī, at Art Palace is taken from Simonīs lyrics to the song Boy in a Bubble.