Weathering the Storm: New Work by Greg Gossel
Saturday, July 28, 6-10pm
July 28th - August 26, 2012
Greg Gossel’s Weathering the Storm will feature thirteen new large-scale works on paper and canvas. A collection of scraps torn off old billboards and street advertisements in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York is the central component of Gossel’s new work. These elements are then layered, painted, torn, stained, and weathered away revealing a new context and composition within each piece. He explores media manipulation and exploitation with a keen skill and polish that celebrates as it simultaneously condemns.
In a vigorous and spontaneous process one layer is pasted on while another is torn away, a constant game of push and pull, collage and subtraction. These actions leave behind a rich textural surface that mirrors the fragmented onslaught of visual media we are all subjected to on a daily basis. The grid structure utilized in each of his mixed media pieces mimic the paneling and repetition of street advertising; an archive of image, color and type fighting for visual dominance.
Greg Gossel was born in 1982 in western Wisconsin and currently resides in Minneapolis. With a background in design, his work is an expressive interplay of many diverse words, images, and gestures. Gossel’s multi-layered work illustrates a visual history of change and process throughout each piece. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Copenhagen, Milan, and London; and in 2009 he was invited to create a large-scale mural on the façade of Miami’s Aqua Art Fair. His commercial clients include Burton Snowboards, Stussy, GNU Snowboards, and Interscope Records while his work has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine, Artslant, Artful Living, and ROJO.