AFRICAN FRACTALS, 2006

AFRICAN FRACTALS, 2006

Installation View

AFRICAN FRACTALS, 2006

AFRICAN FRACTALS, 2006

Installation View

AFRICAN FRACTALS, 2006

AFRICAN FRACTALS, 2006

Installation View

AFRICAN FRACTALS, 2006

AFRICAN FRACTALS, 2006

Installation View

Untitled (Swastika #1); Untitled (Swastika #2); Untitled (Crosstar); Untitled (Othala Rune), 2006

Untitled (Swastika #1); Untitled (Swastika #2); Untitled (Crosstar); Untitled (Othala Rune), 2006

Latex paint on wood panel with trim

Southern Comfort, 2006

Southern Comfort, 2006

Latex paint on wood panel

Fire Painting #1, 2006

Fire Painting #1, 2006

Latex paint on wood panel

Recursive Form in Indigenous Design, 2006

Recursive Form in Indigenous Design, 2006

Latex paint on wood with lights and wood paneling

Ali Bumbaye (Double Cross), 2006

Ali Bumbaye (Double Cross), 2006

Video Sculpture, color dvd, duration: 1:10 (loop)

Auction Block, 2006

Auction Block, 2006

Latex paint on wood with lights

Double Cross, 2003

Double Cross, 2003

C-print mounted on aluminum

Whipping Post (Medium), 2006

Whipping Post (Medium), 2006

Latex paint on wood

Nape of the Neck, Small of the Back, 2006

Nape of the Neck, Small of the Back, 2006

Latex paint on wood panel

Iraqi Landscape, 2006

Iraqi Landscape, 2006

Latex paint on wood panel

Lower Ninth Mausoleum, 2006

Lower Ninth Mausoleum, 2006

Latex paint on wood panel

Kathleen Cleaver, 2006

Kathleen Cleaver, 2006

Latex paint on wood panel

Nazi Eagle, 2006

Nazi Eagle, 2006

Latex paint on wood panel

 

AFRICAN FRACTALS 

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY

March 25 – April 22, 2006 

Press Release:

“Gatson works with precision, exploring the power of symbols as elements of collective imagination and bringing to light their potential for manipulation.”– Ida Panicelli, ARTFORUM

Rico Gatson will exhibit paintings, sculpture, and videos that continue to investigate complex issues relating to identity and race. Based loosely on the notions of fractal geometry and indigenous design, Gatson links the African Diaspora and the intractability of a political/cultural matrix persistent throughout American history.

The work contrasts ordered patterning with emotionally charged subjects. Using a palette limited to four colors, Gatson paints hard-edged patterns on wood panels and freestanding shapes that suggest African textile and folk design. Contradicting their associative domestic functions, the patterns on panels configure into symbols of hate such as a Confederate flag or a swastika; a quasi-domestic object is reminiscent of an auction block; a cross with holes references stockades; a wall installation, festooned with light bulbs, conflates the warmth of an amber light to evoke a fiery cross. The exhibition will also feature “Ali Bumbaye,” a short-looped video, appropriated from a documentary based on Muhammad Ali, that scrambles scenes of a carnival celebrating his 1974 victory over George Foreman in Zaire, Africa. The footage becomes kaleidoscopic imagery that blends an assemblage of cultural references.

Rico Gatson has exhibited at the Feldman Gallery since 2000. In New York, his work has been included in TheStudio Visit at Exit Art; Greater New York 2005, at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; African Queen at The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Fight or Flight at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria. His video has been shown at the Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield California.

– Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 2006