Dylan Gebbia-Richards ‘Kinesthesia’

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This October, Unit London presents, Kinesthesia, an exhibition of new works by American multidisciplinary artist, Dylan Gebbia-Richards. Viewers are encouraged to immerse themselves in his kaleidoscopic landscapes, comprised of canvas paintings and monumental waxworks. The private view is on 10 October 2019, 18:30-21:30. The exhibition is 11 October to 23 November 2019, Monday to Saturday 10:00-19:00 and Sunday noon-18:00.

Familiar and yet otherworldly, his organic forms are masked in artificial covers that appear to escape the canvas. With a scientific background, Gebbia-Richards’ works are born from a unique chemical reaction - where layers are applied repetitively to produce an ever-growing composition. ‘My works are their own landscapes’, says the artist: ‘Each piece is a microcosm of the natural world.’ Like nature, these works are given the freedom to evolve and become something greater beyond their physical and visible parts.

Inspired by Jungian philosophy, Gebbia-Richards cultivates art driven from instinct, uncorrupted by external thoughts and ego. He calls this a ‘kinesthetic sense’, referring to a creative process that arises from emotions and feelings, rather than an analytical approach.  Despite this spontaneity, the process of creating Gebbia-Richards’ works is complex. While the artist’s canvas paintings are raw and instinctual, his waxworks are highly technical. Mixing paraffin wax with droplets of pigments and resin, Gebbia-Richards layers splatters of wax to create protruding forms. Integral to this process is the specialised machines and tools he invents.

Kinesthesia follows Gebbia-Richard’s inclusion in last year’s critically acclaimed Unit London group exhibition, Looking for U, and The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary, a group exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum that he was featured in. Alongside over 30 of O’Keeffe’s paintings, the prestigious exhibition showcased Gebbia Richards amongst 20 emerging artists focusing on similar themes. Omni, a floor to ceiling immersive work that featured in Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary, will be exhibited at Unit London this October. Once double in size, the other half of Omni was Dylan Gebbia-Richards, Trash Armstrong, 2019 acquired by the Weisman Foundation.