Mirus Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Gilbert 1 opening February 16, 2018 from 7-10PM with the artist present. The show runs through March 10th.
About the Exhibition:
Gilbert1’s process takes its roots in experimenting and evolving as much as possible and trying different mediums. He has found his own vocabulary assembling volume shapes with raw material in reference of a decadent world, and transforming his abstract letter graphics into deconstructed structures.
Creating in situ anamorphosis led him to develop an optical vision he enhances now in studio. Having worked recently the last years on black and white drawings and also as studies for tattoos - dotwork, gradients, transparency, translations, negatives - brought him to research in depth, dimension and perspective.
For his first solo with Mirus Gallery, Gilbert1 wanted to work more in this direction, in order to integrate his usual compositions and graphics in a surrounding dimension and play with vanishing points. He was interested to work on depth and height sensations as a door which suddenly opens under feet, a kind of vacuum which could never stops and create another falling possibility axis.
About the Artist:
Gilbert1 is an emerging French artist from Paris, born in 1980. His works can be found in abandoned buildings, on the streets of French cities, and in various galleries. Having started as a graffiti artist, Gilbert1 now works in a variety of media. His body of work includes paintings, prints, drawings, murals, videos and installations. His installations are often made of reclaimed material and located in the abandoned areas. The artist has also been interested in calligraphy and typography for a long time. His likes spontaneous work where he can use found objects and implement them in existing architecture.
His works feature unstructured and abstract figures, which serve as a metaphor for a decadent society. The new series contain monochromatic drawings and paintings on canvas and found wood. His projects include To Build A Home, 2013, Broken Project 2012, Inside 2011, and Home Sweet Home, 2010. To Build A Home is his solo project which consists of the series of videos documenting his installation at an abandoned building from the 60′s, designed by the architect André Lurçat on the edge of the forest in France. When he is not painting murals in quiet and abandoned places, such as military barracks, or working on his new studio series, the artist is busy with exhibitions.
In 2014, in his hometown Nancy, he presented many new paintings and some interesting installations. For the Home Two Project in Charleville-Mézières, he made a huge artwork in an old house. In a room of the old house, he assembled a large piece, using old tapestries and wood from the backyard. Keeping the old and adding the new, he successfully managed to keep the memory of the past alive and significant, as we often tend to replace what was old, but not broken, with what is freshly produced. Gilbert1 manages to connect the old with the new, in the same manner as he unites his graffiti roots with contemporary assemblages and painting.