Galen Gibson-Cornell | Max Adrian
ROY G BIV Gallery presents work by Galen Gibson-Cornell and Max Adrian. Gibson-Cornell’s collages deconstruct found materials. Adrian’s quilted sculptures offer stoic comforts.
April 1-29, 2017
Gibson-Cornell will exhibit collages made from posters, flyers and bills he pulls from the walls of public spaces in Berlin, Germany. He alters them by dissecting the paper and systematically recombining his cuttings with a series of algorithmic instructions. Likening the papers that coat the walls of bus stations, signs, overpasses and city walls to a skin that covers the city, and his process to a surgical procedure, Gibson-Cornell brings new life to his found materials by altering their form and offering a new existence.
Gibson-Cornell is a visual artist working at the intersection of urban commentary, found-material collage, and studio-based printmaking. An itinerant traveler, he creates a studio practice by exploring cities and deconstructing the resulting materials, thoughts, and experiences into methodical and meditative artworks. Holding a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Gibson-Cornell works intermittently between Madison, WI and Berlin, Germany. Born and raised in small-town Missouri, he demonstrates a professional and cultural fascination with European cities, focusing on creative projects in Berlin; Budapest, Hungary (for which he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship); Venice, Italy; and Novi Sad, Serbia.
Adrian’s The Sensational, Inflatable Furry Divines: will feature three-dimensional quilts made of teddy bear pelts and faux leather. The sculptures are suspended by chains and inflated with fans, allowed to stand and respire in their own right. They are at once playful and sinister, ambiguous toys made of fabrics that evoke both children’s toy rooms and red-light dungeons. Adrian’s sculptures loom quietly, offering their stoic comforts to the gallery they reside in and to its visitors.
Adrian holds a BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. He was awarded a 2015 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design for his proposal of an intensive study of theatre design and puppetry among such places as Chicago, Prague, and India. He has participated in a variety of residencies including the New York Studio Residency Program (Brooklyn, NY), the Charlotte Street Studio Residency (Kansas City, MO), and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT). Adrian has resided in Columbus, OH since July 2016 where he is a resident at the Second Sight Project in Franklinton. He is also currently employed by Costume Specialists as a stitcher in the inflatable costume department.