Kate Gibb Exhibition

+81 Gallery NY

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+81 Gallery New York presents a solo exhibition by Kate Gibb.

While the Pop art maestro Andy Warhol is probably the first name that comes to mind when speaking of brightly colored silkscreened art, the printed works of Kate Gibb have themselves an intricate and richly vivid aesthetic that parallel this technique in their application.

Her approach has a depth of angle formed from a combination of collage, figurative and abstract characteris- tics, along with a sense of the times that can’t be ignored. She is an artist who creates all her printed artworks herself, working intuitively on subtle technical adjustments to create an unorthodox aesthetic, completing pieces one work at a time. Owning the whole process from its original concept, to screen preparation, the mixing of inks and pigments right through to the actual act of printing itself. This is what instills Kate Gibb’s creations with such unique vision.

Kate Gibb’s career kicked off after successfully winning a creative pitch, (set by the design group Blue Source in conjunction with their client Virgin Records), to create a series of images to be used as sleeve art for electronic music pioneers The Chemical Brothers. The subsequent silkscreened illustrations became cover art for their critically & globally acclaimed album “Surrender” & its single releases “Hey Boy Hey Girl”, “Let Forever Be”, “Out of Control” & “Music Response”. At this time Gibb had not long completed a Masters degree at Central Saint Martins. On graduating she rented a small studio in west London, part of an Artist community housed in an old lost property building owned by British Rail. With help she created a simple, makeshift print studio with a basic set up to allow her to continue printing at her own pace and in her own time.

Her skills as a printmaker, along with her idiosyncratic mindset towards colour, mark-making and texture led to a succession of images (artworks) that worked cohesively with the “Surrender” album, traveling synonymously with the band & their music globally. This would mark the moment when Kate Gibb would become known internationally as one of the most iconic silkscreen artists of the new millennium.

The pieces on display at this exhibition are from three of Gibb’s most high profile creative collaborations. A sleeve campaign for British band ‘Mono’, popular in America for their soundtrack for the film ‘Great Expecta- tions’. This was her first record Campaign commission completed whilst she was an undergraduate at Central Saint Martins. The art is composed from disparate layers of photographic collage, silkscreened films of colour and additional hand painting.The pieces created for Mono have a profound expression that on their first observation feel familiar to the viewer and yet like something completely new both at the same time.

Alongside the Mono artworks are four fashion illustrations (from a series of fifteen artworks), commissioned by the Antwerp based Fashion House, ‘Dries Van Noten’. They were utilised as a catalogue for their Spring / Summer Look-book in 2003. The pieces created for ‘Dries Van Noten’ have a familiarity to them while still pulsing with the trends of today.

This wonderful and timeless presentation of the modern and traditional is what forms the common point between the two sets of work. It allows one to see how omnipresent freshness is such a defining feature of the



from October 19, 2017 to December 08, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-10-19 from 18:00 to 20:00


Kate Gibb

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