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Gerald Peters Contemporary is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Patrick Dean Hubbell.
One of the gallery’s most exciting emerging artists, Hubbell debuted on the Santa Fe art scene in 2016 with works that explored abstraction through the lenses of both modern and Indigenous art. Incorporating Diné philosophy and contemporary western aesthetics and ideologies, his large scale canvases are characterized by expressive brushwork and the inclusion of Navajo geometric designs.
Continuing to probe this cultural intersection, Hubbell began reconstructing the canvas in reference to textile, shawl, blanket and medicine bags. Unencumbered by stretcher bars, Hubbell would cut, fold and collage loose canvases. The resulting works transformed his medium and the context in which it is viewed.
For Hubbell, an Indigenous artist, living and working between Chicago and the Navajo Nation, these experimentations with methods of painting and display move beyond the question of aesthetics, reflecting ideas of identity and categorization.
“My work is an exploration of my Diné and Indigenous identity and journey within the contemporary moment. The foundation of my practice is inspired by cultural methodologies with references to traditional Indigenous art and philosophy. Incorporating a variety of mediums, including natural earth pigment collected from my Diné homelands, my work aims to challenge the imposition of categorizations and to amplify aspects of Indigenous identity within the western ideologies of contemporary art.”
Hubbell received his BFA in 2010 from Arizona State University and his MFA in 2021 from the Art Institute of Chicago. 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; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah; and in numerous public and private collections. In 2017, Hubbell was awarded a prestigious Pollock-Krasner grant.
This presentation which touches on key moments in Hubbell’s evolving practice marks the artist’s debut in New York.