New Tropical – Gary Webb

Courtesy of Bloomberg Space
Courtesy of Bloomberg Space

Another good exhibition for those who like new tropical aesthetics. For his Bloomberg Space exhibition, British artist Gary Webb created an installation of new sculpture which draws on the formality of his past bodies of work. Mirrored palm trees tower from the walls, while a variety of customised power tools are suspended from the ceiling, ‘fighting’ inside a series of coloured glass and mirrored boxes all set against the airbrushed kitsch background of a fictional solar system. Recent commissions include: Frieze Projects East, London 2012 Festival, London, UK (2012); Cambridge City Council, Cambridge, UK (2011); Paddington Central, London, UK (2009).

Courtesy of Bloomberg Space
Courtesy of Bloomberg Space

Gary Webb produces colourful and glossy works made from a plethora of industrial and prefabricated materials such as glass, Plexiglas, neon, wood, sand, cut metal, rubber, and marble. The work sometimes appears to parody modernist sculpture while frequently making reference to popular culture. Applying traditional craft techniques to man-made or organic materials he combines elements to create juxtapositions that enable materials to be spontaneously playful and poetic. In many ways the works act as an investigation into the artificial while adopting the materials of the artificial themselves, creating an inconclusive narrative characterized by the tension between surface and sincerity, seduction and rejection, creating surfaces which refuse to be read and consumed by the viewer.

Courtesy of Bloomberg Space
Courtesy of Bloomberg Space

Gary Webb (b. 1973) is a British artist based in London. Recent exhibitions include: Mr. Jeans, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, USA (2012); The Shape We’re In, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (2011); Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy, London, UK (2011); Key largo, The Approach, London (2010); Diamond Standard, Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA (2009); EAT ME –DRINK ME, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas, USA (2009); Kaleidoscopic Revolver, Total Museum, Seoul, Korea (2009); Natural Wonders: New Art from London, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia (2009); Euro Bobber, Galeria Parra-Romero, Madrid, Spain (2008); Revolution Oil, The Approach W1, London, UK (2008); Export, Atelier Hermes, Seoul, Korea.

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Courtesy of Bloomberg Space

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