Exhibition

GEDI SIBONY
I Was Like Wait

Ground Floor

Gedi Sibony, Installation view, I Was Like Wait, Greene Naftali, New York, 2023

“The objects circulate in long, drawn-out orbits over short distances. I set up a large amount of situations that don’t amount to anything. So I leave these like the opposite of traps, trying to create something else inside the exact same space, so the sequence of prepared, inverted traps can become unset.”

– Gedi Sibony

Gedi Sibony

There are Birds in the Galaxies, 2019

Oil and latex on found oil painting

18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61 cm)

I Was Like Wait stages a series of encounters, expansive and confounding. The works on view draw on items salvaged and saved, worked and reworked, over the past twenty years of Sibony’s practice. Paintings—some layered atop found canvases, some on new ones—depict bright vessels that orbit a void, and reconfigured objects constellate across the charged expanse of a room that holds them. Wires that function to tether fragments to architecture are also a means to draw in space; a spectral column mirrors a studio support, loosed from the task of enforcement. Such doublings recur within works and between them, extending the reach and resonance of a given object.

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Gedi Sibony, Installation view, I Was Like Wait, Greene Naftali, New York, 2023

Gedi Sibony

There are Grapes in Heaven, 2019

Oil and latex on found oil painting

20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm)

Gedi Sibony, Installation view, I Was Like Wait, Greene Naftali, New York, 2023

Gedi Sibony, Installation view, I Was Like Wait, Greene Naftali, New York, 2023

Gedi Sibony, Installation view, I Was Like Wait, Greene Naftali, New York, 2023

Gedi Sibony

Good Fortune, 2023

Foamcore and wire

90 x 10 x 5 inches (228.6 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm)

Gedi Sibony

There are Butterflies in the Storm, 2022

Oil and latex on canvas

18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61 cm)

Gedi Sibony, Installation view, I Was Like Wait, Greene Naftali, New York, 2023

Gedi Sibony, Installation view (detail), I Was Like Wait, Greene Naftali, New York, 2023

Gedi Sibony

Does Not Restrict Itself, 2023

Paper, tape and wooden stage

132 1/2 x 244 x 73 1/2 inches (336.6 x 619.8 x 186.7 cm)

Gedi Sibony, Installation view, I Was Like Wait, Greene Naftali, New York, 2023

Gedi Sibony
Her Seven Morning Sentiment
, 2015
Decommissioned semi-trailer
100 1/4 x 86 3/4 inches (254.6 x 220.3 cm)

Gedi Sibony

Does Not Retreat, 2023

Wood, screws, bondee plaster, paint

25 x 88 x 35 inches (63.5 x 223.5 x 88.9 cm)

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