February 20 — March 27, 2016
The Gestural Brush
Conduit Gallery is honored to announce a solo exhibition of work by Tsibi Geva: The Gestural Brush. Chosen to represent Israel in the 2015 Venice Biennale, this will be the first solo exhibition of Tsibi Geva’s paintings in Texas.
As the exhibition title indicates, the artist’s hand is strongly present in this body of work. Where Geva paints a bird or a flower, though distinct, abstraction is never far. The large and small scale canvases are replete with large swaths of gestural brushstrokes and multi-layered surfaces. Within those layered surfaces, Geva’s muted pallet of earth tones contrast with deep blacks and sharp whites, and are, as stated by the artist, reminiscent of the quality of light inIsrael. In the expanse of the painted surface, layers of pours, drips and splatters act as words or conversations communicating the tension between light and dark, figuration and abstraction, revelation and concealment. Geva’s paintings exist in the deep and mysterious relationship between landscape, culture and political atmosphere. In a series of small canvases, darkly outlined birds perch on dry branches against a thick creamy ground and act as witness. On another canvas, a single tall stemmed flower emerges from the negative space of black ground, revealing the gestures, opening space for another conversation. Geva writes, “I believe the political tension resonates with the formalistic one—and this tension should remain unresolved. Different levels of interpretation—the subjective/psychological, the political, and the aesthetic—coexist. I believe these three registers supplement and dialectically reflect one another.”
Tsibi Geva (b. 1951 Kibbutz Ein-Shemer, Israel) studied at the Art Teacher's Training College in Ramat-Hasharon, Israel, in 1976-1979 and at the New York Studio School in New York from 1985-1987.
In 2015, Tsibi Geva was selected to represent Israelat the 56th Venice Biennale –with an exhibition entitled Archeology of the Present. Other recent solo exhibitions include: Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (2014); Mönchehaus Museum of Modern Art, Goslar, Germany (2014); American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC (2013); Ashdod Art Museum, Ashdod, Israel (2012); The Studio on Alfasi Street, Tel Aviv, Israel (2012); Fondazione Horcynus Orca, Messina, Sicily, Italy (2012); Annina Nosei Gallery, New York (2010); Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel (2009); Achshav. Now Contemporary Art, Berlin (2001). Recent group exhibitions include: National Library of Israel,Jerusalem (2014); Whitebox, New York, NY (2013); and Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany.