Why Andrew Gilbert and Akiyoshi Mishima Belong in the Same Room
“I want to describe a certain feeling, which creeps over me when visiting European museums,” says the Berlin-based Gilbert. The European fetishization of non-Western culture is a consistent focus of Gilbert’s work.
Andrew Gilbert satirically interprets the history of European colonialism in his paintings, works on paper, and mixed-media sculptures. Subverting long-lasting symbols of the British Empire and clichés of Orientalism, Gilbert’s works evoke his fanciful imagination in a faux-naive style. His gaudy portraits and mocking models of imaginary military figures, whom he dresses up almost as though they’re in drag, take their reference points from Persian manuscripts to medieval European sculpture.
Scottish, b. 1980, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, based in Berlin, Germany