Please join us on Third Friday, August 17th, as we present Semaphor, a solo exhibition of bas relief cement paintings by Nicolas Gadbois.
Informed by his experience in the construction industry and his interest in texture and ancient bas relief, Gadbois began creating cement paintings in 1989. These tablets are created by using mechanical components to imprint the cement before applying painting treatments. The resulting objects act as fossils of a sort – a recording or document of the interface between contemporary material culture and the ground medium.
From the artist’s statement:
“My cement paintings evoke associations with ancient inscriptions, aerial photography, cuneiform, archaeological sites, technology, and circuitry. The work is based on my interest in the visual language of patterning. My paintings resemble artifacts and suggest something ancient and futuristic at the same time.”
Nicolas Gadbois is a contemporary painter and public artist living in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned his MFA in painting from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2013 he completed a large public art mural commission for the University of Los Alamos in New Mexico. In 2008 he completed his first public art commission for the Tri Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick, Washington. He has exhibited his paintings in New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Santa Fe and Kansas City. His work is included in private, corporate, and university collections.
Nicolas Gadbois work courtesy of Todd Weiner Gallery.
Friday, August 17th from 6 to 9 pm
Show runs through:
Thursday, September 13th
Fridays 12-6 pm, Saturdays 12-4 pm, and by appointment
(closed Saturday, September 1st for Labor Day weekend)