Conduit Gallery presents Tsibi Geva: The Gestural Brush opening reception
Conduit Gallery presents The Gestural Brush a solo exhibition of work by ,Tsibi Geva. 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 in Israel. 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.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through March 26.