GO FIGURE

  • Go figure by
    Chambliss Giobbi, John Grande, Mark Kostabi
    dimensions variable
    2013
  • Head of Joe Barnes 3 by Chambliss Giobbi
    collage, beeswax on aluminum panel
    60.0 x 60.0 inches | 152 x 152 cm
    2003
  • Head of Marc Tauss 5 by Chambliss Giobbi
    collage, beeswax on aluminum panel
    17.0 x 23.0 inches | 43 x 58 cm
    2000
  • Tanz für mich, Salome! (Self Portrait) by Chambliss Giobbi
    collage, beeswax on aluminum panel
    92.0 x 68.0 inches | 234 x 173 cm
    2009
  • Tanz für mich, Salome! (Self Portrait) by Chambliss Giobbi
    collage, beeswax on aluminum panel
    36.0 x 36.0 inches | 91 x 91 cm
    2009
  • Tiny Portrait of Alice O´Malley #7 by Chambliss Giobbi
    collage, beeswax on masonite
    7.0 x 5.0 inches | 18 x 13 cm
    2013
  • Tiny Portrait of Amanda Lepore #5 by Chambliss Giobbi
    collage, bees wax on masonite
    7.0 x 5.0 inches | 18 x 13 cm
    2013
  • Tiny Portrait of Fischer Stevens #6 by Chambliss Giobbi
    collage, bees wax on masonite
    7.0 x 5.0 inches | 18 x 13 cm
    2013
  • Wotan III by Chambliss Giobbi
    collage, beeswax on aluminum panel
    12.0 x 12.0 inches | 30 x 30 cm
    2008
  • Invaders by John Grande
    oil on canvas
    52.0 x 52.0 inches | 132 x 132 cm
    2011
  • General Assembly by Mark Kostabi
    oil on canvas
    15.5 x 12.0 inches | 39 x 30 cm
    2013
  • Going Undercover by Mark Kostabi
    oil on canvas
    19.5 x 23.5 inches | 50 x 60 cm
    2013
  • Lift by Mark Kostabi
    oil on canvas
    51.0 x 39.0 inches | 130 x 99 cm
    2013
  • Pick Me by Mark Kostabi
    oil on canvas
    19.5 x 23.5 inches | 50 x 60 cm
    2013
  • Raincheck by Mark Kostabi
    oil on canvas
    12.0 x 10.0 inches | 30 x 25 cm
    2013

 

 

 

GO FIGURE

Chambliss Giobbi, John Grande, Mark Kostabi,

November 8 - November 30, 2013

Opening reception: November 8

De luca fine art is thrilled to present Go figure, featuring three artists from New York City: Chambliss Giobbi, John Grande and Mark Kostabi. Go figure sees the sights of the artists as they delve into the human condition through their shared methods of production by appropriation, collage and figurative manipulation. Those sights grasp at each viewer, reflecting their own condition while conveying a meaningful human connection.

Chambliss Giobbi's fragmented figures are collaged from thousands of photographs he shoots of his models. The newly re-configured figure pictured owes little to the original model; something familiar, but at a distance. Walter Robinson, former Editor of Artnet's magazine, writes of Giobbi's pieces "The effect is primordial, as if the body is a hallucination, a cacophony of sensations that threatens disintegration at any moment." It is in this moment that a life lived flashes by, completing the connection.

Appropriating the world's lexicon of visual imagery of business logos, movie posters, art, advertizing, fashion, pop culture, etc, John Grande's photorealistic pieces manipulate all the imagery into one big symbolic mash up. In a media-saturated world obsessed with brands, fame and bling, Grande stops the viewer, reflecting their mundane and trivialized behavior that is seeking some sense of identity.

"The survival of humanistic impulses in a hierarchy of power is always a subtext.", noted author Thomas McEvilley writes of Mark Kostabi's entire method of production in his forward to Conversations with Kostabi. This sentence also very much delves into the subtext of a Kostabi painting out in the "real" world. Vermeer, Mondrian and De Chirico, and contemporaries like Maurizio Cattelan, are appropriated and combined with Kostabi's ubiquitous featureless figures, portraying basic and intensive human emotions providing a universal connection. The pecking order of the art world and of human emotions is all collaged onto a level playing field of our postmodern lives.

The exhibition is presented in association with Robert Curcio of curcioprojects. This will be Kostabi's and Giobbi's first exhibition in Canada.

 

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photos: Walter Willems | de luca fine art  ©2013