PR paid a couple of visits to Brooklyn artist Chris Gentile this past spring and summer. Gentile's studio is like an alchemist's lab where disparate pieces find each other over time. Obsession, repetition and pattern are themes that run through Gentile's work.

Human Nature, 2009
C-Print, 38" x 60"

Instead of making a sculpture and showing it in a gallery or taking photographs of the world and the things in it, Gentile turns the camera on his studio. Some photos are of installations made in the studio, photographed then destroyed. Human Nature and The Dry Thirst of Honour are good examples of this way of working.

The Dry Thirst of Honour, 2004
C-Print, 35" x 45"

studio shot

Other works are usually a specfic group of objects made and arranged then photographed. I've Just Seen the Rock of Ages and End Times/ Amend Times #1 are good examples of this way of working. Gentile's work is a strange brew of intuition and deliberation turning his studio into a place contemplation and wonder, not just a place of work.

I've Just Seen the Rock of Ages, 2006
C-Print, 24" x 20"

End Times/Amend Times 1, 2008
C-Print, 14" x 11"

No More Secrets Between Us, 2005
C-Print, 37" x 35"

the artist in his studio.

work in progress

A Chance of Overtime, 2007
C-Print, 25" x 33.5"

work table

studio shot, work in progress

Past exhibitions include Swell, Metro Pictures, New York, NY (curated by Tim Nye and Jacqueline Miro). Domestic City, Kidd Yellin Gallery, Red Hook, NY (curated by Nichole Van Beek and Vince Contatino). Gentile is represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York and will have his third solo show with the gallery in 2011.

-Kris Chatterson 11.30.10