Empty Vessels and How to Maintain Them / Evan Gilbert / MARCH&APRIL - 2017
"By blurring dialogues of cartoon imagery, everyday mundane occurrences, cataclysmic cosmic events, fine art tropes both low and high, and personal history I aim to create an environment of endless inquiry, a sublimation of personal totems, an open ended discussion on social infrastructure. A non-allegorical narrative supported by empty symbols and anonymous antagonists."
Evan Gilbert was born 1993 in Miami Florida. As an adolescent he became entranced with subcultural ephemera ranging from the 1960s counter culture of Rcrumb comics, Timothy Leary and R.D. Lang Books to Captain Beefheart and GONG records. Later in his teenage years he became fascinated with the imagery of 1970s-1980s horror films and the hardcore punk movement, all of which had a critical influence on his visual lexicon and personal philosophies. He received a BFA in 2015 from The School of the Museum of Fine arts in Boston Massachusetts with a focus in painting and drawing. With the use of dark absurdist humor and loose non-allegorical narrative he depicts bizarre worlds displaying the confusion and subjugation of the material world and its occasional moments of autonomy . Heavily influenced by artists such as Oyvand Fahlstrom, Mike Kelley and Paul Thek his work ranges from abstraction and illustrative work to sculpture and installation. Creating from the detritus of both physical materials and personal semiotics he explores humanity's ability to find meaning in the meaningless.