Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Mark
Thomas Gibson. Gibsonís practice includes black-on-black image paintings as well
as large-scale works on paper made with paint, glitter, and acrylic spray.
In Mark Thomas Gibsonís work, our perception of history is our curse. His work
posits that there is no one truth to be found in our shared past, despite our
collective understanding of books and image archives. In his most recent paintings
and drawings, Gibson navigates the popular narrative of the Alamo to dissect the
truths that were once thought to be self-evident.
Gibsonís black-on-black paintings implement a process of paint distillation (taking
a given image and distilling it for its most basic and fundamental properties),
directly mirroring his distillation of historical facts. Complex events in history are
often reduced to a series of heroes and villains. Gibson rejects this simplicity and
aggrandizement as the ďbirthplace of our curse.Ē Instead, he riffs on significant
history paintings to produce a fiction that subverts the so-called truth of the past.
To achieve this, Gibson takes rather macabre liberties. He replaces the image of
Davy Crockett with an anthropomorphized wolf. He depicts Andrew Jackson
dancing wildly to conjure a cosmic lightening storm that consumes the Alamo.
Gibsonís strategies borrow equally from Southern Gothic literature and comic book
phantasmagoria and beg the question: what is our truth and who determines it?
About the Artist
Mark Thomas Gibson (b. 1980, Miami, Florida) received his BFA at The Cooper
Union in 1998. In 2013, Gibson received his MFA in Painting & Printmaking at Yale
School of Art and was the recipient of the 2013 Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund
Award. Recent exhibitions include Black and Blue, Motus Fort Gallery, Tokyo, Japan,
(2013), Blane De St. Croix, Mark Thomas Gibson, Howardena Pindell, Fredericks and
Freiser, New York, (2013), and Space, North Atlantic Conference Exhibition, New
York, (2012). Gibson lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.