Rico Gatson


Dark Matter

February 13 – March 14, 2009


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Spirit, Myth, Ritual and Liberation, 2008
still from video transferred to DVD
3 minutes 47 seconds

Imagery sourced from Gimme Shelter (1970),
directed by Albert and David Maysles and Sympathy
for the Devil (1968, directed by Jean Luc Godard

Soundtracks of Mahalia Jackson performing "Upper
Room" and Son House performing "Death Letter Blues"


Spirit, Myth, Ritual and Liberation, 2008
still from video transferred to DVD
3 minutes 47 seconds

Imagery sourced from Gimme Shelter (1970),
directed by Albert and David Maysles and Sympathy
for the Devil (1968, directed by Jean Luc Godard

Soundtracks of Mahalia Jackson performing "Upper
Room" and Son House performing "Death Letter Blues"



Installation view north gallery

Installation view north gallery

Magic Stick #4, 2009
painted wood
96 x 10 x 10 1/4 inches

Magic Stick #2, 2009
painted wood
67 x 16 x 16 inches

Nigeria Power, 2009
painted wood and glitter
48 x 48 x 3/4 inches
base: 8 x 30 inches

Untitled (X), 2008
painted wood and lights
53 x 57 x 3/4 inches

Light Panel #1, 2008
latex on wood and lights
26 1/4 x 55 3/4 x 1 inches

Mystery Object #2, 2009
painted wood, glitter and lights
27 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

Line Painting #1, 2009
painted wood
33 x 30 x 1 inches

Line Painting #2, 2009
painted wood
33 x 30 x 1 inches

Angela, 2008
colored pencil, marker, photocollage on pape
22 1/4 x 30 inches

Stokely, 2009
colored pencil, marker, photocollage on pape
22 1/4 x 30 inches

Eartha, 2008
colored pencil, marker, photocollage on pape
22 1/4 x 30 inches

Black Red Orange Power, 2008
colored pencil, marker, photocollage on pape
22 1/4 x 30 inches

Click here for a PDF version of the following Press Release.
For Immediate Release: January 23, 2009

RICO GATSON

DARK MATTER

February 13 – March 14

For his fifth exhibition at the Feldman Gallery, Rico Gatson will exhibit a large-scale video installation, sculpture, paintings, and works on paper that continue his exploration of racial issues and shared cultural histories. Gatson uses conceptual and other artistic strategies to distance emotionally-disturbing events and injustices which can never be fully understood or forgiven. The exhibition suggests that coming to terms with the grief of the past may only be possible through a process that takes place over time. With his eye for geometry and its orderly laws, Gatson balances the dark side of his subject matter.

The exhibition features a reconfiguration of Spirit, Myth, Ritual and Liberation, 2008, a site specific video installation created for the New Orleans biennial art exhibition, Prospect.1. It was shown at the historic location of the African American Museum in the Treme section of the city, the first community of freed slaves in the country. The videos, consisting of fast-paced, kaleidoscopic patterns appropriated from films, include the murder scene of Meredith Hunter from Gimme Shelter (1970), projected on white Plexiglas panels; and a theatrical scene of violence from Jean Luc Godard’s socio-political film, Sympathy for the Devil (1968) which is projected on the floor. Gatson’s sound track includes The Upper Room by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and Death Letter Blues by the Delta blues singer and guitarist, Son House.

Black sculptures, fashioned from wood and other vernacular materials, include Magic Sticks, a cluster of upright snake-like forms, referencing native, religious-based artifacts and confronting the notion of early twentieth-century sculpture based on the “primitive.” Nigeria Power, a wooden wall panel, conflates the aesthetic design of a target with its sinister function. Several works on paper depict hand-drawn lines in African colors and patterns radiating from photographs of well-known, African American activists, suggesting an historical perspective and the power of words that have a life of their own.

Rico Gatson has had recent one person exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary (Los Angeles), Pocket Utopia (Brooklyn), the MCAD Gallery at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Cheekwood Museum of Art (Nashville). His work has been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Exit Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and MIT List Visual Arts Center.

There will be a reception on Friday, February 13, 6 – 8 PM. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 6. Monday by appointment. For information contact Sarah Paulson (212) 226-3232 or Sarah@feldmangallery.com.

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