Birds and Bees
February 1-25, 2007
First Thursday, February 1, 2007
PUNCH presents a new series of watercolor drawings by Justin
Gibbens. Using his background in scientific illustration, Gibbens
has been meticulously rendering life-sized portraits of avian
and insect species found here in the northwest. Imitating the
conventions of 18th and 19th century zoological illustration,
Gibbens stages awkward and hyperbolic interactions that question
the science upon which these depictions are based. In his Birds
and Bees series, he has illustrated isolated engagements
of various species caught in the throes of conjugal relations
and territorial disputes. Often borrowing directly from Audubon’s
Birds of America, Gibbens further perpetuates a stylized
version of natural history that is both curiously seductive
and brutally violent.
Justin Gibbens lives in Thorp, Washington. He has shown nationally
and internationally, and currently has work in Crawl Space’s
Centennial exhibit and will have work in the SAM’s
rental/sales gallery Introductions 2007 show in March.
Gibbens was the recipient of a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation
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Birds and Bees (detail: American Robins) – 2006,
watercolor, acrylic, graphite, coffee on paper. 23x30 inches.