DAN GLUIBIZZI : You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight

November 6 – December 19, 2015
Artist opening Friday, November 6, 7-9PM

CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is pleased to present You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Dan Gluibizzi, on view from November 6 - December 19, 2015. The gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, November 6, from 7-9pm.

The title of painter Dan Gluibizzi’s latest body of work, You Don’t Have to Be Alone Tonight, is drawn from a Christmas Eve listserve posting for a sex theater in Portland, Oregon. The reference deftly captures the nature of Gluibizzi’s creative practice, which centers on amateur adult content imagery culled from myriad online sources.

In this series, the artist explores online interactions as they trace a metaphoric line to constellations. As heavenly formations once connected and confounded observers, so internet and social media now receive and display our hopes and fears through the ether, to points often unknown.

Gluibizzi eliminates the spatial referents when rendering the subjects he finds engaged in erotic acts. Through watercolor—a medium generally associated with the ease and innocence of children’s art—his subjects form a tangle of limbs that accrue a distinct visual presence through color and formal repetition. The figures, cut from their digital platform, are re-imagined in a decidedly analog method, bringing human touch to the digital world.

You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight arouses complex questions about the nature of communication and intimacy. Beyond wondering who these anonymous actors are, Gluibizzi’s practice spurs us to consider how online communication informs or hinders our taste for direct contact.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dan Gluibizzi (b. 1971, Kentucky) lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Texas Contemporary, (Houston); Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Ampersand Gallery, (Portland); Kopeikin Gallery and Jack Hanley, (Los Angeles), Postmasters, (New York) and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (Berlin). He holds an MFA from University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Image credits (from left): Dan Gluibizzi, Our Nova, 2015, Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 64 x 42 inches; Inhale, Exhale, 2015, Watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 inches; Six Happy Couples, 2012, Watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Our Nova, 2015, Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 64 x 42 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Inhale, Exhale, 2015, Watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Six Happy Couples, 2012, Watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Celebration, 2015, Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 32 x 31 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Composition in Oval, 2015, Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 45 x 112 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Conception of Perseus, 2015, Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 64 x 42 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Dormroom to the…, 2015 Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 30 x 27 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Holtzman Effect, 2015 Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Liked, 2015 Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Orbits Overlap, 2015, Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 40 x 60 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Our Equals, 2015, Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 42 x 62 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Smokers, 2014, Watercolor on paper, 36 x 28 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - The Simple Merge, Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 37 x 31 inches
DAN GLUIBIZZI - Time Space Dance, 2015, Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 62 x 40 inches

Past

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life
January 10 – March 4, 2017

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Release Me
October 21 - December 10, 2016

NO SHOW MUSEUM: Yves Klein, Maria Eichhorn, Daniel Knorr, Etc.
One Night Only: Monday, October 17, 2016

DESIRÉE HOLMAN: Selected Works
September 17 - October 8, 2016

SHE MOONAGE DAYDREAM:
Facundo Argañaraz, Leah Guadagnoli, Desirée Holman, Kara Joslyn, Max Maslansky, Liz Robb, Tamra Seal, Emily Weiner, & Cate White

July 16 - August 20, 2016

PABLO DÁVILA: Ladies & Gentlemen,
We Are Floating In Space

May 13 - July 9, 2016

MASAKO MIKI: Conversations with Fox, Feather, and Ghost
March 4 - April 30, 2016

SUZY POLING: Total Internal Reflection
January 15 - February 27, 2016

DAN GLUIBIZZI: You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight
November 6 – December 19, 2015

FRANCESCO IGORY DEIANA: Haptic Render
September 11- October 31, 2015

SEXXXITECTURE: Daniel Gerwin, Rebekah Goldstein, Roman Liška, Max Maslansky, May Wilson & Jake Ziemann
July 1 - August 1, 2015

ADAM SORENSEN: In Situ
May 1 - June 27, 2015

KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT: Village / High Hills
February 27 - April 25, 2015

PRINCE RAMA: How To Live Forever
January 25 – February 21, 2015

JOSEPH DUMBACHER & JOHN DUMBACHER: Divert (Out of Line)
November 7, 2014 – January 16, 2015

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Passenger
September 12 – November 1, 2014

A PATTERN LANGUAGE: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson & Lena Wolff
June 20 - July 19, 2014

MICHELLE BLADE: Gathering Into Being
April 25th – June 7th, 2014

MIGUEL ARZABE: /*Reject Algorithms*/
March 7 – April 19, 2014

JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON: Drawings
March 7 – April 19, 2014

FRITZ CHESNUT: Purr Valley
& Rhonda Holberton

January 10 - February 22, 2014

UNSEEN: Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Chris Duncan, Klea Mckenna & Dean Smith
November 10 - December 21, 2013

Past Off-Site Exhibitions

LAS COSAS QUE PINTAN / PAINTING IN AN EXPANSIVE FIELD
Works by Miguel Arzabe & Juan Sorrentino

April 9 – May 17, 2015

EBB: Gina Borg and Chris Russell at Loczi Design
December 10, 2014