Gilbert Hsiao: Filter, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX

Work by Gilbert Hsiao

November 12 – December 31, 2011

Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work on paper by Gilbert Hsiao. The exhibition will open November 12, 2011 at an opening reception from 5-7pm, and close on December 31, 2011. Hsiao has been exploring the mechanics of visual perception since the 1980s. In his current works, light has become the subject, and these objects are meant to be experienced in changing light. There is not single optimal lighting situation; rather, the viewer’s experience of them depends on changing light and vantage points. The material or subject of the pieces are not as important as how they change reflected light.

This show will feature collages of perforated and layered materials. These are physical and visual filters that sift the light and color of the underlying layers. The pin-holed paper collages recall sparkling constellations, with small glimpses of the glittering paper underneath, by creating an effect of viewing light and color traveling from a great distance. Other works consist of meticulously layered stripes in tightly woven structures that create vibrating visual movement. The thicker, sponge-like constructions absorb direct light, intensifying and electrifying them. There is a visual “aha” moment when one views them from a distance, giving the sense of planets floating in deep space. Gilbert Hsiao currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany, after thirty years in Brooklyn, New York. He studied Art History at Columbia University before receiving his BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in Australia, the Netherlands, and Germany as well as in the United States, where he exhibited at P.S.1 in New York. Hsiao is a recent recipient of a fellowship in painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is represented in a number of private, corporate and public collections.