Justin Gibbens + Amy Ross
April 3 – 27, 2008
First Thursday, April 3, 2008
PUNCH presents the work of Justin Gibbens and Amy Ross. Referencing
early wildlife and botanical illustration, both artists demonstrate
their own distinctive versions of a subversive natural history.
As a contemporary (wildlife) artist, Gibbens draws upon his
obsessive, perhaps unhealthy interest in all things that scamper
and poke about in the thickets and undergrowth. Influenced by
a recent trip to Bavaria and chance encounters with vintage
taxidermy while there, Gibbens sheds light on jackalopes, wolpertingers
and other legendary beasts.
Amy Ross is interested in the idea of artist as mad scientist.
Her drawings and collages offer visual hypotheses to the question:
what would happen if the DNA sequences of humans, animals, plants,
and mushrooms were spliced with each other? These hybrids become
her interpretation of a perverse natural world wrought by genetic
engineering and mutation gone awry.
Boston-based artist Amy Ross attended the School of the Museum
of Fine Arts in Boston and also holds degrees in religious studies
from Connecticut College and Harvard Divinity School. She has
had solo exhibitions at Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC, Allston Skirt
Gallery in Boston, Overtones in Los Angeles, Romo Gallery in
Atlanta, and Motel in Portland. Her work has been reviewed in
the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Justin Gibbens lives in Thorp, Washington. He is a founding
member of PUNCH gallery. He has shown nationally and internationally,
and concurrently is showing at G.Gibson Gallery in Seattle with
artist Nealy Blau. Gibbens was the recipient of an Artist Trust
GAP Award in 2007 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in
April Hours: Noon-5pm Thursday-Sunday,
or by appointment.
Group exhibition curated by Renee Adams
Composite of details from Birch with Birdshrooms by
and Unicorn Moles by Justin Gibbens
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