An Installation by Jeff Gerber
Artist's Reception Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 7pm-9pm
CoCA Belltown Gallery
On display through June 17, 2012
Gerber creates work in surrogate spaces while on the road. Hotel rooms and burnt-out parts of the city have become his studio. While he does not consider himself a street artist, he sees the street as art and uses punk, metal and all-out noise influence to bring these elements together. By highlighting urban objects that evoke security and restraint (such as a fence, the net of a basketball hoop, a confessional), Gerber re-contextualizes them and introduces an element of ambiguity. You Will Get Through is a site-specific installation that explores "the path from obscurity into manifestation," a concept Gerber appropriates from feng shui. The three different groupings explore the prepositions "Over," "Through," and "Within" as a means of expressing spatial relationships as they occur in urban environments cluttered with barriers, dead-ends, and cul-de-sacs.
Gerber fabricates "barriers", renders portraits on glass bottles with a painterly hand, and links repeated patterns through out the exhibition. PORTAL, for example, references to the iconic basketball hoop and explores the prepositions "Over," "Through," and "Within" with emotional and metaphorical relationships.
CoCA Belltown windows are 'open' 24/7. The site is located in Seattle, WA, US at 2721 First Avenue (First and Clay) on the Clay side of the building.