Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7th through October 19th.
Gleason’s Silver Deposit paintings are the product of an artist’s journey marked by the discovery of what a little bit of alchemy can achieve in the act of painting. Using silver-nitrate on a treated acrylic canvas, Gleason transforms the surface into a sterling sheet of metal. A revelation made by Gleason over a decade ago. Since then, Gleason has provided the viewer with access to be a part of the painting with our own image reflected in its ultra-sleek finish.
With this reflective surface, Gleason continues to develop work that helps define our contemporary concept of space. Gleason has set the stage for a unique experience. Looking at the paintings, the viewer is able participate while pondering their role in the work’s existence. Spending time around the paintings, we realize how real, physical and complex this liminal space can become. A space between reality and the indefinite.
Born in Newport Beach, CA, Gleason received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1985. He studied printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute before relocating to New York City, where he worked as a photo assistant and photo technician. Returning to California, Gleason was employed in the studio of Ed Moses for five years. Combining skills developed during his exposure to printmaking, photography and mixed-media painting, Gleason is now the subject of considerable curatorial and critical praise. His work is exhibited in significant public institutions, including the Armand Hammer Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation.
The artist will be present for his reception in Tulsa, September 7th, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. to meet the public and answer questions. All are welcome to attend.