Vertical Gallery is proud to present Superficial!, a new solo exhibition by Minneapolis-based artist Greg Gossel. The exhibition runs October 4 – November 1, 2014 and will feature over 30 new original works on canvas, wood, and paper. An opening reception with the artist is Saturday, October 4, 6-10pm.
Continuing to explore his signature mixed-media pop aesthetic, Gossel deconstructs and rebuilds a vast expanse of vintage comic book imagery for Superficial!. Iconic superheroes are broken into fragments and placed within a new chaotic world of type, color, and pattern as they wage battle. This battle for supremacy is mimicked throughout Gossel's process as each layer of spray paint, silkscreen ink, and collage fight one another to be seen on the heavily layered surfaces. Bold and brightly colored versions of once invincible superheroes succumb to the effects of time and begin to fade away, resembling decayed billboards of an idyllic past gone by. The end result is a dynamic exhibition that begs the question of what lies beneath the surface.
Greg Gossel was born in 1982 in western Wisconsin, and currently resides in Minneapolis, MN. With a background in design, Gossel’s work is an expressive interplay of many diverse words, images, and gestures. His multi-layered work illustrates a visual history of change and process throughout each piece. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, and London. His commercial clients include Burton Snowboards, Stussy, and Interscope Records while his work has been published in Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, Artslant, Artful Living, ROJO Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
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