February 28 - April 9, 2020
In the North Gallery, Corbett vs. Dempsey is excited to present an exhibition of new paintings by Gabrielle Garland. This is the gallery’s third show with the artist. Based in New York, Garland continues her long- standing series of paintings of houses, a natural complement to her intense paintings of home interiors. Usually depicted straight on as a view of the exterior of a stand-alone home, these brilliantly hued canvases function as portraits, making it difficult not to project a visage onto them: windows = eyes, door = nose or mouth, tree = hair. Taken in aggregate, this makes them feel something like a rogues gallery, each one a distinct personality – light, serious, sinister, melancholy, or some combination – drawn unflinchingly from the heart of American suburbia. But Garland further imbues them with character by dramatically altering the perspective and varying paint application, so that they have a hallucinatory wonkiness, with passages of magnificent precision zapped by bolts of slashing lines or bravura brushwork.