A two person exhibition of print-specific works by artists Chenxi Gao and Jacob Taylor Gibson
Artists: Chenxi Gao and Jacob Taylor Gibson
Dates: July 7th – August 28th, 2023
Artist Reception: July 22nd, 6-8pm
回: Home explores yearning associated with forgotten personal history through an anachronistic approach of using the past as a lens to form a clearer view of the present self. By using objects and patterns associated with our pasts, a dialogue is created surrounding interpersonal relationships, heritage, inheritance, and domesticity. Imagery ranges from antiques to hand-me-downs to relics, and are simultaneously forgotten and familiar. They are metaphors for that which never was: a past characterized by fond comfort, love, and stability.
While the narrative imagery is specific to our individual experiences, use of color functions as a point of invitation to viewers. Through varied methods and approaches to the making process opportunities are created for viewers to evaluate their own pasts, imbuing their specific experiences into our own, and mending gaps in the memories presented.
The collective body of work searches to reveal deliberate attempts to erase experiences, uncovering any moments of tenderness purposefully forgotten. This exhibition visualizes and evaluates that which has been obscured in order to cope and fully heal.
Selected show art will be available for purchase in the Umbrella Gallery store.
About the Artists
Originally from China and born to a family of artisans, Chenxi Gao currently resides in Denton, Texas where she is a MFA candidate at the University of North Texas. Gao came to the United States in 2016 and earned a BFA in Painting from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Gao’s work is created through a mixture of various print processes, painting, and ceramics all focused on capturing fleeting memories centered around homestead, family, and migration. Recipient of many awards for her work, Gao has also exhibited her work both nationally and internationally in France and the United Kingdom.
More of Chenxi’s work can be seen on chenxigao.wordpress.com
Jacob Taylor Gibson
Jacob Taylor Gibson is an artist residing in Denton, Texas. In 2020, he earned a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of North Texas. Primarily, his work is created through printmaking, ceramics, and installation. Jacob’s work has been published in magazines such as Artists Talk Magazine, Envision Arts Magazine, and The Hand Magazine. Jacob has exhibited his work nationally as well as internationally in Italy and Australia and has work in many permanent collections including The Meadows Museum, The Hilliard Art Museum, The Bradbury Art Museum, and The Zuckerman Museum of Art.
More of Jacob’s work can be seen online at www.jacobtaylorgibson.com