Inman Gallery is pleased to open the gallery’s 28th season with the exhibition Gilad Efrat: Resurface. This is Efrat’s fifth solo show with Inman Gallery. The exhibition opens Friday, September 15, with a reception from 6 to 8 pm, and continues through October 28.
Resurface presents a remarkable transition in Efrat’s body of work. Where his past work had been slowly moving towards abstraction, his current work is fully and insistently abstract. Heavily re-worked surfaces contain thickly applied layers of paint in bold colors, which are then wiped away in rapid succession with palette knives and other tools, creating richly varied surfaces. Made in a very short period of time (in some cases as little as 24 hours), the paintings convey a frenetic energy, and a harried relationship to archaeological time and movement. Through this process, Efrat reveals paint layers as new and competing phases of time and effort that jostle for space and supremacy on the canvas.
The works in Resurface continue Efrat’s interest in a mapping of time and space while depicting the concept, if not the image, of “landscape.” Of the source for his paintings, Efrat states that, “painting in an abstract manner is like the process of walking through a landscape and thinking — moving and thinking. The concept of the human figure is within the painting, and the painting is like a body.”