Gerald Peters Projects is pleased to announce the opening of Synthesis, Patrick Dean Hubbell’s third major solo-exhibition presenting nine new paintings.
Hubbell’s paintings are inspired by the environment and the spirit of the natural world, depicting landscapes and organic, atmospheric space. His paintings exhibit an appreciation for the geometric designs of Navajo weaving and textiles, and explore abstraction through the lenses of both modern and Indigenous art. Hubbell's titles and concepts make reference the matrilineal respect of Mother Nature, as the Diné people see her.
Synthesis is a new series of paintings combining gathered natural earth pigments from the Navajo Nation with synthetic oil and acrylic paint. The color intensity produced by this combination of materials supports references to the Southwestern landscape, its unique vegetation, and floral color entities. Philosophically, the juxtaposition of organic and man-made elements reflects Hubbell’s mediation between Diné philosophy and contemporary western aesthetics and ideologies, ultimately suggesting the possibility of synthesis, renewal and rebirth through the depiction of the colors of spring.
Hubbell states, “I am Diné (Navajo), and from Navajo, New Mexico, located near the Northeast region of the Arizona/New Mexico border of the Navajo Nation where I currently reside and work in Window Rock, Arizona. I find inspiration in the surrounding landscape and various themes rooted in the correlation of my Native American cultural traditional life and the modern day, contemporary lifestyle.”
Building upon previous solo shows, "Earth Untitled" and "Earth | Paradigm", this new body of work explores the combination of gathered natural earth pigment from the Navajo Nation, oil based medium, and acrylic polymer paint medium.
Hubbell received his BFA in 2010 from Arizona State University. His work has been exhibited at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; The Autry Museum of the West, Los Angeles; Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY; and in numerous public and private collections. Hubbell will begin his MFA candidacy at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago this fall.
For more information, contact Mark Del Vecchio, Director, 505.954.5748, or firstname.lastname@example.org.