Chris Gentile

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Coming Sept. 5 at the Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York are the photographs of Chris Gentile. Presented as allegories of his studio practice, the artist constructs lightning bolts, surfboards and lifeguard chairs that are meticulously cast in small scale and mixed with a variety of functional studio objects, such as plywood, saw horses and a trashcan. The combination of the important being symbolic and the mundane being obvious is one that allows Gentile to explore the themes of hope and abandonment. The process is co-dependent in that even while these are photographs of sculptures, they are equally shaped by the fact that their sole representation and exhibition will be through photographs rather than a viewer’s firsthand experience of the tangible object. The artist received his BFA from the Ringling School of Art and Design and his MFA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The artist has shown work at the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco and the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Va.

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