Post Dismal: Jeff Gillette

24 June - 23 July 2016

Post Dismal

Jeff Gillette

24 June 2016 - 23 July 2016

Jeff Gillette, the stand-out artist from Banksy's 2015 bemusement park, Dismaland, joins the gallery for his debut UK solo exhibition. This show is one not to miss!   

Hailed as the artist that inspired Dismaland, Gillette’s work may be familiar since Banksy brought it to the British public’s attention last year. While Gillette’s work was included as part of the first-of-its-kind bemusement park, the installations all shared a common theme that echoed the artist’s signature subversion of Disney and its characters.

Featuring 15 paintings, the work in Post Dismal is a continuation of the post-apocalyptic scenes he’s been creating for over 20 years. This time, however, Gillette turns the tables on Banksy, with many scenes in his new work inspired by Dismaland.

Jeff Gillette - Post Dismal


Gillette’s work contains a journalistic element as he has visited many of the landscapes he paints. “I like the idea of truly experiencing what I’m painting – I think it’s important and comes across in the work. When I visit third-world slums and landfills I take lots of photographs and videos, painting from them in my garage studio in Orange County within earshot of the nightly Disneyland firework shows. Traipsing around in these environments can be challenging – when I visited a landfill site in Delhi the smell was so bad I couldn’t eat for days afterwards, and I often come home with some kind of ailment or another.”

Many of the ‘slumscape’ paintings in Post Dismal are a product of Jeff visiting his favorite destination, Mumbai India. There the insurmountable gap between the rich and the poor is the most prominent of anywhere in the world. In the piece ‘Transition’, Jeff highlights the absurdity of this situation in today’s world by juxtaposing a Dismaland worker relieving himself onto priceless works of art. A Pollock painting and Rauschenberg’s ‘Monogram’ are pictured as building materials on the roofs of the shanties in Dharavi, India’s largest slum.

I used to say in my artist statements that ‘I’ve never been to Disneyland, but I’ve been to Calcutta India, 20 times.’ Now I can’t say that, since my wife and her nine-year-old niece dragged me there years ago, kicking and screaming. Since then I’ve been back once, just recently, to take pictures for this show. I much prefer Dismaland.- Jeff Gillette
 

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