"A Solitude of Squares" by Marcia "GridKid" Gilbert at Tavern on Jane

Tavern on Jane (31 Eighth Avenue) was the location for the opening of the exhibit A Solitude of Squares by Marcia "GridKid" Gilbert last night. The owner of Tavern on Jane, Michael Stewart, has been featuring local artists four times a year since 2003.

Regarding A Solitude of Squares: "Each piece in this new exhibition is a composition and even a keyboard: the improvisation that was never possible when [I] played the piano. At times the squares seem to precariously litter the page, dancing to a new tune," said Gilbert.

"Watercolor paint, pencils, and crayons become colorful backgrounds for tumbling, sewn squares. Recycled colored patches of magazine pages come together, overlapped by more sewn squares, this time on clear plastic. Folded square paper components are linked together into multiples of color, textures, and layers."

Originally from Lakewood, Ohio, Marcia Gilbert has lived in and around NYC since 1980 after graduating from Washington University with a BFA and a double major in metalsmithing and painting. She has pursued her artwork while working full-time for several jewelers, and then moving into computer graphics which led to working and freelancing for several publishers in their cover arts departments.

Gilbert recently self-published Women of the Cubbyhole A to Z, "which is a cross between a coffee table book, comic book, and a salute to old lesbian pulp fiction titles." It is available through BookBaby.com, and also on Amazon.

Visit her website at http://GridKid.com/.

A Solitude of Squares will be on display at Tavern on Jane thru June 14, 2023.

Marcia Gilbert


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