October 11, 2012

Jesse Gammage, Language Appropriation @ Alcove and EastOne Galleries

By: Carolyn Osorio , Theory, Criticism and History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)

The exhibit, ‘Language Appropriation’, currently on display at Alcove and EastOne Galleries, by Jesse Gammage, centers around the geometric elements of the square. Jesse’s work shows a fascination with the complexities of the seemingly simple lines present in the shape.
Information Studies, Jesse Gammage, mixed media on canvas, 10" x 10," 2012
A number of Jesse’s smaller works explore the break down of the shape into smaller elements. The use of post-it notes is an innovative way in which the artist uses found objects to push his study of the square. Several pieces contain the post-it note as both a symbol of the square’s versatility and also a popular example of it.

Information Studies, Jesse Gammage, mixed media on canvas, 10" x 10," 2012
Notable is his pointillism inspired work using dabs of various colors in repetition. By using ordered lines of these colors the work maintains the geometric elements of his other paintings despite this piece being the most unique of the exhibit. Everything from the texture of the paint to the color choices is entirely different from the other pieces the artist is presenting, and yet the work is somehow still in keeping with the whole. These small textural dabs of paint seem to be all at once an abstraction of and also a mirror of the repetition present in the larger work hung above it.
Corporate Smile, Jesse Gammage, mixed media on paper, 5' x 18,' 2012
This larger work shows considerable concentration on the reiterating of lines naturally occurring within a square. This work repeats the shape over and over again, oftentimes overlapping these squares ever so slightly so that the viewer isn’t sure where one ends and the other begins. Combining the mix of colors used in the smaller piece mentioned previously with the study of the square and post-it note shape, this large canvas is a perfect blend of Jesse’s elements and serves as a true focal piece for the exhibit.  

photos by Patrick Rowe, 2012 

This exhibition is part of the Student Exhibition Spaces Program coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt Institute.  All current students can submit work for inclusion in future exhibitions by emailing ccpdprograms@gmail.com for more information.

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