Giebink’s Cirque d’ Fantastical

wordpressThe School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of Giebink’s Cirque d’ Fantastical at the Helen E. Copeland located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT. The show will be on exhibit Monday, August 6th– Wednesday, September 25th. A reception will be held on Thursday, September 13th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm and will be free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be available, as will a cash bar.

On view will large-scale wooden sculptures, performances, and video installations by local artist Tom Giebink.  Having recently returned to Bozeman, Giebink brings with him a history in film, sculpture, and painting.  Beginning on a crew for community television in Austin, Texas in 1976, Giebink has followed the technical advancement of film production and editing. Giebink’s unique approach to the medium, spanning the decades, has pushed film and film editing to its limits.

According to Giebink, “Underlying virtually all my work over the last 50 years is the sense that I’m making visible & tangible what exists parallel to the world we walk around in.  Regardless of media used.  Regardless of what it looks like.  Regardless of how that might be performed.”

Creating video installations and performances, as in “All Pro Video Rasslin,” Giebink has entertained audiences by manipulating spatial relationships within the camera frame. For example, before CGI made such an endeavor simple, Giebink created anti-gravity rooms, which allowed him to casually walk up walls, and pour water at an impossible angle when viewed through the video frame.  Examples of this work will be on view in the gallery.

MeBedSimultaneously, Giebink has been creating stretched and skewed furniture that refers to the two-dimensional picture plane.  Resulting in a strange, yet still functional piece of furniture that is both playful and well crafted, Giebnick reproduces furniture to the exact proportions in a painting: if the legs of a bed are foreshortened in an image, then they are foreshortened in the sculpture.   Giebink echoes the aesthetics of Robert Lazzarini, resulting in structures are mystifying.

Finally, throughout the exhibition, Giebink will be installing a set in the gallery that incorporates the skewed furniture. Using live feeds and masterful computer knowledge with micro cameras, Giebink will create the set through August and September. This will allow viewers to understand how he manipulates the proportions of a film set to create an overall “anti-gravity” performance space in the gallery. The creation of this set will culminate in live performances in September with collaborator Norah Hajos. We welcome audiences to make frequent trips to the gallery to see how the installation unfolds over two months.

The HECG is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off of 11th, with the Ski Swing out front. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM). Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM/Closed on weekends.

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