Gideon Chase - Ranging from large acrylic paintings on canvas, to small graphite drawings on printer paper, these four distinct artists create whimsical narratives using bright colors and playful mark making. The paintings embrace their abnormalities and imperfections to explore the figure, humor, and the distortion and manipulation of the world their pictures live in.
Figure Ground is a group show curated by gallery artist Gideon Chase, including work by:
Niv Bavarsky, Samuel Hayes Will Reed, Mathew Zefeldt.
A figure/ground relationship is the interaction between the figure (the foreground) and the ground (the background). Whether it’s being used to describe text (the figure) on a piece of paper (the ground), or the person reading (the figure) and their environment (the ground), art needs both a subject and a context in order to have meaning.
Ranging from large acrylic paintings on canvas, to small graphite drawings on printer paper, these four distinct artists create whimsical narratives using bright colors and playful mark making. The paintings embrace their abnormalities and imperfections to explore the figure, humor, and the distortion and manipulation of the world their pictures live in.
Niv Bavarsky is an artist living & working in Berkeley, CA. He was born in Ra'anana, Israel in 1988.
Samuel Hayes was born in Santa Cruz, CA, 1989. At age 13 he was transplanted to rural New York where an interest in painting and drawing comic books began to develop. After graduating with a degree in animation from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design he moved back west. He currently resides in a haunted bordello in East Oakland, CA.
Will Reed (b. 1988). Lives and works in San Francisco. He is currently a BFA candidate at the California College of Fine Arts.
Mathew Zefeldt is a Term Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at the University of Minnesota. Zefeldt received his BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009, where he received the Irwin project grant as well as the William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship. He went on to receive his MFA at the University of California, Davis in 2011 where he received the Mary Lou Osborne Award as well as the Faye Nelson MFA Award. He was awarded the Dedalus MFA Fellowship in 2011, and was included in New American Paintings issues #91, 97 and 107: Midwest Edition. He was the River Fellows Artist at Columbus State University in Georgia, and was a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center. Mathew has had solo shows at Eduardo Carrillo Gallery in Santa Cruz, Skinner Howard Gallery in Sacramento, Micheal Rosenethal Gallery in San Francisco, Swarm Gallery in Oakland and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. His Work has been seen online at Daily Serving, Fecal Face, Installation Magazine, Beautiful Decay, The San Francisco Chronicle and SF Art Enthusiast. Zefeldt has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.