Artist: Sayre Gomez
Exhibition title: Illustration
Venue: Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
Date: November 17 – December 23, 2016
Photography: Hugard & Vanoverschelde, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
rodolphe janssen is pleased to announce Illustration, an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles based artist Sayre Gomez. In Illustration, Gomez’s works further elucidate his discipline of painting and the understanding of the airbrush medium, as a material and as a concept of representation.
Central to the exhibition are works from Gomez’s ongoing Thief Painting series. In each, a visual plane of the artist’s ‘fog’, the term lent to his iconic watery amorphous treatment of the canvas, is lifted by a pair of white-gloved hands to reveal the empty primed canvas below. A simple and elegant trompe l’oeil effect that suggests not just the permeability of each image, but also that there’s no real or paramount surface to the work, only another window, specifically a trespassed window, that has yet to be lifted. Similarly, Gomez’s Peeled Page paintings employ trompe l’oeil to an equal effect. In each, the bottom right corner of the image plane peels up toward the center, revealing again the canvas open to possibility. Perhaps a motif now best known through desktop icons, but initially stemming from surrealist tropes, Gomez uses the peeled page as a gesture toward the proliferation of images from fine art and into popular ubiquity.
Gomez’s exhibition harps on representation, and the generation and ownership of meaning in a discourse whose material canon has collapsed. As a painting tool developed at the end of the 19th c., but that didn’t come into ubiquitous use until the height of modern art, the airbrush is perhaps the 20th century’s native painting tool. However, in many ways airbrush is diametrically opposed to the labor and time required by its traditional predecessors. Integral for many years to the advertising and illustration industries, airbrush operates differently than that of traditional brush painting. Like a courtroom stenographer or a screenplay editor, airbrush is a shorthand. It takes a history of hard-fought painting and drawing approaches and like Bob Ross, reduces them into the popular and the accessible. More so, airbrush is rarely an end in itself, much like how the unadulterated visuality of abstract painting dictates its translation into text, the reduced shorthand that is airbrush dictates a markedly different transcribing, into the flat space of photography.
With these works, like much of his growing oeuvre, Gomez presents a new material formation of fin-desiècle political avant-gardism for an information age, championing the anarchistic adage that ‘all property is theft’ – whether it be the property of material or that of meaning.
Sayre Gomez (Born in 1982, Chicago, IL USA) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA USA. He holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL USA and a MFA from California Institute of the Arts, CA USA. Alongside recent solo and two person exhibitions at Michael Jon and Alan, Miami, FL USA; Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne, Germany; Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles, CA USA; Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany and The HOLE, New York City, NY USA, Gomez has recently participated in group exhibitions at Galleria Acappella, Naples, Italy; Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany; Ibid, London, UK; Tif Sigfrids Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA; Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, Spain; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI USA; Clearing, Brooklyn, NY USA and Robert Blumenthal Gallery, New York, NY USA. Sayre Gomez’s work is also included in the Rubell Family Collection.
Sayre Gomez, Thief Painting in Vermillion Red Over Phthalo Blue, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 152.4 cm, 84 x 60 in
Sayre Gomez, Thief Painting in Alzirian Crimson and Pink, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 152.4 cm, 84 x 60 in
Sayre Gomez, Thief Painting in Teal, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 152.4 cm, 84 x 60 in
Sayre Gomez, Thief Painting in Yellow Ochre Over Dark Blue, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 152.4 cm, 84 x 60 in
Sayre Gomez, Red Abstraction Over Black Landscape, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 304.8 cm, 84 x 120 in
Sayre Gomez, Window Painting in Grey, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 127 x 101.6 x 1.5 cm, 50 x 40 x 5/8 in
Sayre Gomez, Torn Image with Droplet, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 76.2 cm, 40 x 30 in
Sayre Gomez, Abstraction with Drip, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 45.7 cm, 24 x 18 in
Sayre Gomez, Drip Painting in Pale Violet, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 45.7 cm, 24 x 18 in
Sayre Gomez, Drip Painting in Pale Green, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 45.7 cm, 24 x 18 in
Sayre Gomez, Abstraction With Turning Page, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 45.7 cm, 24 x 18 in
Sayre Gomez, Abstraction with Turning Page, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 45.7 cm, 24 x 18 in