Wake Gallery; through March 25.
Gilbreath’s paintings are as much distinguished by the really
long titles of compositions as by his use of non-standard media,
including latex house paints.
In “Everyone’s in Love, and
Flowers Pick Themselves,” however, it’s a little hard to
find any correlation between title and work. This particular abstract
work has a particularly ugly color combination — brown on yellow.
In addition, there’s a heavy textural element that is to be
expected if you’re basically throwing paint against the wall to
see what sticks.
The textural nature of these works
might give you the sense of looking at a topographical map. But the
territories in question possess no particular gravity to draw you
closer, so to speak, largely because of the awkward color
The one work in this show that does
have some visual appeal comes burdened with the longest title in this
show, “And He Knew That When He Kissed This Girl…”
The twelve square panels of this composition have different colors
and texture combinations that don’t match when juxtaposed
together — like mismatched pieces in a puzzle — but some
interesting contrasts result.