June 6 - July 20, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, June 6, 6 - 9pm
Specialist presents Self-ish by Erin Gigl. For her first solo exhibition in Seattle, Gigl presents a series of textile wallworks and image transfers that map the tension between material culture, comfort and isolation.
Drawing on the aesthetics of America’s suburban middle class in the 80's and 90's - a time when carpeted basements allowed a safe space for dreams of wealth and contentment - Gigl’s work reveals the desperate grasping for control of a deeply insecure society. Together textiles, ceramics, foam, plastic and found objects dangle, hang-on, and loop, protectively insulating each other. Gigl’s images and objects express a self-conscious yearning for comfort induced by the shame of needing it, and the accompanying fears of indulgence or isolation that come with it. Soft sculptures and photographic transfers of patterned fabrics offer up the potential for direct material comfort, or comfort-at-a-distance via an image. Through vivid color and colliding patterns, Gigl’s work points to both the pleasures and trap of nostalgia, and charts our collective desire to intricately fashion a padded, precarious sense of control.
Erin Gigl was born outside of Chicago, Illinois and today is an artist and writer living and working in Los Angeles. She received her Masters of Fine Arts and Research with Honors from l'Ecole des Beaux-arts, Marseille, France and her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown solo and in group exhibitions at Actual Size Gallery, Los Angeles, Grenier du Chapitre, Cahors, France; Galerie Où Lieu d'Art Actuel, Marseille; Salon du Salon, Marseille; Galleri Uthverfa, Isafjidur, Iceland and she recently presented a performance with Dori Scherer at Glassbox Gallery in Seattle.