Infinite Anomaly #1

Infinite Anomaly #1, 2004. Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), b. 1972. Oil on paper. Museum purchase, 2006 (26/5659).

Gibson draws inspiration from the bold forms and spontaneity of graffiti and the colorful regalia and dramatic movements of powwow fancy dancers. In creating his raised, beadlike forms, he also is influenced by “whimsies,” the elaborate, bead-encrusted pincushions sold by Iroquois women to tourists at Niagara Falls during the Victorian era.

Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972) is a painter and sculptor living and working in Brooklyn. He received his MA from the Royal College of Art (UK) in 1998. A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee, he lived abroad as a child in Germany and Korea, a unique combination of cultural perspectives and exposure that informs his artworks.

Gibson’s work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Aldrich Museum, NMAI, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, and Diverseworks. Currently the Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Artist at the California College of Art in San Francisco, Gibson will begin teaching at Cornell University in fall 2010.

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