Archie Scott Gobber: WHAT I MEANT TO SAY
Marty Walker Gallery
November 17 through December 22, 2012
Opening reception is Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 6-8 p.m.
Marty Walker Gallery is pleased to present What I Meant to Say, new paintings by Kansas City artist Archie Scott Gobber. Featuring his poetically provocative word paintings, the new works are donned with Gobber’s signature succinct phrases, custom fonts, and punchy color combinations to create a verbal battlefield of inner thoughts, commercial-style signage, and propaganda. Enamel and gouache surfaces mimic hand-painted graphic signs of mid-20th Century while text phrases become an ambiguous, self-conscious voice of politics, socioeconomic class, and pop culture.
Rooted in a long history of linguistic and philosophical underpinnings, Gobber’s paintings play wit against meaning, metaphysics, logic, and delivery. Many of his pieces, such as “Reinforce Ambiguities,” take on a simple aesthetic while others are wildly decorative, reminiscent of the cynically playful phrases of Duchamp and the pervasive “Truisms” of Jenny Holzer. Gobber’s overlaying text, multiple meanings, and evasive definitions become timid corrections to Freudian slips or right-brain/left-brain dyslexia. Phrases vacillate between accomplishment and self-deprecation that invite the viewer to choose how to read the text and arrive at his or her interpretation. Visual and verbal hierarchy playfully raises more questions than provides any clues to meaning where, as intended, comedy can overtake and undermine a decidedly bias statement.
Archie Scott Gobber lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri where he completed a BFA at Kansas City Art Institute. His work is included in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and the Spencer Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO. Gobber is the recipient of many awards and honors, including AIA Allied Arts and Craftsmanship Honor Award and Creative Capital Foundation Professional Development Retreat. His work has been featured in national publications including Art in America, Artforum, and Art Lies.