That’s My Trip Group Show at Joshua Liner Gallery

American Flag with Gold Paint
All Photos By Gail

Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting a fun group show entitled That’s My Trip, curated by gallery artist Andrew Schoultz. The exhibition features sculpture, installation, painting, and works on paper from Schoultz as well as Claire Colette, Cody Hudson, Francesco Igory Deiana, Hilary Pecis, Libby Black, Louis Schmidt, Matt Gonzalez, Michel Tabori, Patrick Martinez, Ryan Travis Christian, Terry Powers and Timothy Bergstrom.

Patrick Martinez - Bougainvillea Stash Spot
Patrick Martinez, Bougainvillea Stash Spot

According to the exhibit’s Press release, “A series of studio visits in various cities including Berkeley, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco led to Schoultz’s inspiration for That’s My Trip. He explains, “After an artist tells you about themselves and their work, it would end almost every time with the artist saying ‘so that’s my trip.’ I found this an interesting phrase to explain yourself to someone.”

Timothy Bergstrom - Boogie Man( Left), Bad Trip (Right
Timothy Bergstrom, Boogie Man (Left), Bad Trip (Right)

For the curator, the selected artists in That’s My Trip display a plethora of mediums and approaches, but remain connected by the common interest of their surroundings, and lack of separation between their lives and their work. Schoultz adds, “Their art is a portrait of themselves in some way or another.”

Libby Black, Lesbian Art In America
Libby Black, Lesbian Art In America

I am not typically moved by Realist Still Lifes, but I love the above painting by Libby Black, who has several diverse pieces in the show.

Patrick Martinez - You Are Trippin
Patrick Martinez, You Are Trippin’

I also like Patrick Martinez’s use of Pink Neon as a framing devise in his pieces seen in this post.

Ryan Travis Christian - Bringing Home The Mother Load
Ryan Travis Christian, Bringing Home The Mother Load

In case you cannot tell, those are little condoms sitting on the banana.

Matt Gonzalez
Matt Gonzalez, Named On Knees. Found Paper Collage.

Francesco Igory
Francesco Igory Deiana, Untitled. Ballpoint pen on card stock and giclee print.

Libby Black, Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip
Libby Black, Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip

One of the most eye-catching pieces in the show is Libby Black’s tableau representing a care-free day at the beach, Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip (2015). The items in Black’s installation are of personal significance to the artist, connecting her past with the present as the allude to the artist’s annual trips to Florida from an early age. The Publix sun tan lotion, yellow Walkman and the Whitney Houston cassette tape are tangible representations of past memories and treasured possessions. Black’s present is represented by a pair of flip-flops, and a stack of books read and cherished by her. Echoing Schoultz’s perception of the exhibited work as “portraiture,” Black explains, “It’s like a landscape of the real and made up, and also a portrait without the figure.”

That’s My Trip, Curated by Andrew Schoultz, will be on Exhibit through May 2nd, 2015, at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at 540 West 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

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