The exhibition “Ed Gibbs: A 35-year Retrospective” will be held at Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center from September 14 to November 6. The opening reception will be September 13 at 7 p.m. with an informal gallery talk preceding the event at 6:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.
Former director and recently retired photography professor Ed Gibbs (Norfolk, VA) will present artwork that is recognized by its originality and humor. Embodying 35 years of experimentation and production, his ongoing theme about sex and death will be depicted in a variety of media including drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, and multimedia.
Interested in visual systems, particularly Western grid patterns, Gibbs has used toys, food, and found objects to communicate universal mathematical references; he has used the Eastern mandala for its meditative qualities. Using various imaging technologies from chemical to digital, much of his latest work has been done on a flatbed scanner allowing him to create still lifes with striking light quality.
Russian authors, French existentialists, Saul Steinberg, and Woody Allen have influenced the artist. Additionally, he has explored religious beliefs and how they affect the human condition. Whether tragic or comic, Gibbs is driven by these concepts that are frequently repeated in his work.
The Visual Arts Center is located at 340 High Street, in Portsmouth. For information about the event, call Shelley Brooks at 757-822-1878.