Mark Thomas Gibson

Some Monsters Loom Large

March 24 - April 23, 2016

Mark Thomas Gibson

Distorted Sense of Self, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Captured and Cursed, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Beholder, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Down at the Protest, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

So Slips the Knot, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Warpaint, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Last Dance (1), 2016

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 22 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Last Dance (2), 2016

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 22 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Last Dance (3), 2016

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 22 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Last Dance (4), 2016

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 22 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Last Dance (5), 2016

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 22 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Last Dance (6), 2016

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 22 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Life's a Beach, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Vacated, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

That's That Fall, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Double Vision, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

20 x 16 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

What I Saw That Day, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

These Guys Take the Heads, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Mark Thomas Gibson

Unite or Die, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Press Release

Mark Thomas Gibson

Some Monsters Loom Large

March 24 through April 23, 2016

Opening reception: Thursday, March 24 from 6 to 8 pm
 

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Mark Thomas Gibson.

 

"The ambiguity of Gibson’s main character — a worried wolf or coyote who struggles to survive in a harsh rendition of a Western-like movie version of the Land of Manifest Destiny — stems from the fact that this same critter also appears in the totally unsympathetic role of marauding cavalry soldiers stampeding under the banner of the Lone Star State, and as a member of angry demonstrating mobs. So if he is “Everyman,” then every man is his own biggest problem. And, thus we return to the ambiguous and ambivalent dialects of Walt Kelly. And also Philip Guston, who in the same era that Gil Scott Heron wrote his rap, cast everyone from Richard Nixon to the painter himself as that arch villain of American history, a Ku Klux Klansman. All of this noted, Gibson’s art is topical in the same way as Heron’s or even Guston’s. It is flat-out mythic. And flat-out — though deeply chiaroscuro and often wildly undulating — weird. Or, to revive another Seventies turn of phrase, outright trippy. His is a Book of Revelation by a prophet who isn’t afraid of going to hell so much as he is on full alert after having been there. In that regard Some Monsters Loom Large shares with the work of Raymond Pettibon not only graphic tropes, but an underlying sense of combined exaltation and despair. And a thudding, thumping soundtrack to which the lyrics are text fragments in disconcerting juxtaposition to uncanny images."         –Robert Storr

 

 

About the Artist

Mark Thomas Gibson (b. 1980 Miami, Florida) received a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2013.  He has been included in numerous group exhibitions and most recently co-curated with William Villalongo Black Pulp! at Yale University Art Gallery (travelling). This will be Gibson’s second solo exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser. The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of Some Monsters Loom Large with an essay by Robert Storr, for which Gibson received The Foundation of Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

 

Fredericks & Freiser is located at 536 West 24th Street, New York, NY. Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For more information, please contact us by phone (212) 633 6555 or email info@fredericksfreisergallery.com, and visit us online at www.fredericksfreisergallery.com, and on Instagram @fredericksandfreiser