[dropcap style=”font-size:100px;color:#992211;”]U[/dropcap]nit London present Kinesthesia, an exhibition of new works by American multidisciplinary artist, Dylan Gebbia-Richards. Viewers are encouraged to immerse themselves in his kaleidoscopic landscapes, comprised of canvas paintings and monumental waxworks.
Familiar and yet otherworldly, Gebbia-Richards’ organic forms are masked in artificial covers that appear to escape the canvas. With a scientific background, his works are born from a unique chemical reaction, where layers are applied repetitively to produce an ever-growing composition.
Inspired by Jungian philosophy, the artist cultivates art driven from instinct, uncorrupted by external thoughts and ego. He calls this a ‘kinesthetic sense’, referring to a creative process that arises from emotions and feelings, rather than an analytical approach.
Despite this spontaneity, Gebbia-Richards’ process is complex. While the artist’s canvas paintings are raw and instinctual, his waxworks are highly technical. Mixing paraffin wax with droplets of pigments and resin, he layers splatters of wax to create protruding forms. Integral to this process is the specialised machines and tools he invents.
Kinesthesia follows Gebbia-Richard’s inclusion in last year’s critically acclaimed Unit London group exhibition, Looking for U, and The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary, a group exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum. Alongside over 30 of O’Keeffe’s paintings, the prestigious exhibition showcased Gebbia-Richards amongst 20 emerging artists focusing on similar themes. Omni, a floor to ceiling immersive work that featured in Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary, will be exhibited at Unit London this October. Once double in size, the other half of Omni was acquired by the Weisman Foundation.
Kinesthesia runs at Unit London from 11 October – 23 November
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