Young artist Cy Gavin, a Pittsburgh native, currently lives and works in New York where he attends Columbia University as a 2016 MFA candidate. Gavin quickly stepped into the spotlight, garnering attention from all over the internet, after his latest solo show at Sargent’s Daughters gallery, titled Overture, showcased his wonderful work. Several factors make his work so easy to like and so defined and different from other works in the contemporary art world. First and foremost in his pieces are the dark figures representing different moments, feelings, or people. He’s chosen to stylistically paint his figures in an all-black manner of portraying of African Americans that was used most prominently many years ago. His figures, however, are rather flat, so the artist creates the background to be as stimulating as his subjects by using bright, swirling colors and jagged, glacial lines providing plenty of eye movement. The pieces hold lots of meaning both in purpose and physically. Several of his pieces have diamonds, sand, staples, and blood included in their materials. One piece, titled Portrait of My Father, includes the his very own father’s ashes. One can only wonder what kind of opera Gavin has in mind to be followed by this overture of work. BOMB Magazine recently published a portfolio of Cy Gavin’s work that includes a wonderful segment of text that is well worth checking out. Enjoy the artwork below!
Learn more about Cy Gavin and see his video art on his website!