An exhibition of seven color photographs of sculptures by David Gilbert, the 2009 Tierney Fellowship award recipient from the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University’s Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, will go on view June 3 at the Tisch School of the Arts.
Gilbert begins his process by making crude sculptures out of fabric, cardboard, paper, wood, plaster, and paint. He then photographs the resulting objects. In the photographs, the materials stubbornly remain readable as what they are, but the statues begin to resemble figures or body parts. According to the artist, the sculptures appear as human beings before a camera—full of personality and character but also awkward and self-conscious. “They are messy, but the process of photographing cleans them up,” said Gilbert. “Blown up huge, I think the prints add certain heroicism to the small, scrappy sculptures, magnifying not only a sense of pathos but also one of humor.”
The exhibition opens June 3 and will remain on view through July 20, 2010 in the Gulf+Western Gallery at 721 Broadway (at Waverly Place). Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. It is open to the public, and admission is free. A photo I.D. is required when entering the building. For further information, call 212.998.1930, or visit www.photo.tisch.nyu.edu.
The annual Tierney Fellowship grant was established by the Tierney Family Foundation in 2005. It is awarded to a Photography & Imaging alumnus who has shown excellence in the field of photography and has graduated within the past seven years. The primary goal of the Fellowship is to find aspiring artists who will be tomorrow’s leaders and to assist them in overcoming challenges that photographers face at the start of their careers.
Gilbert was born in New York City in 1982. He received his BFA in 2004 from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and will graduate in 2011 with an MFA from UC Riverside. He has had solo shows at Workspace and Gallery 1927 in Los Angeles. His group shows were at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn; Exile and Goff + Rosenthal, Berlin; PlaySpace, San Francisco; The Bronx Museum of Art; and Art Metropole, Montreal.
The Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within a university, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts.