Visual ArtCurrently Hanging: The Stiff Shadows of Cable Griffith
by Jen Graves
on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM
Images courtesy the artist and G. Gibson Gallery
At the Wall (Exotica), 2013, acrylic on canvas, 18 by 18 inches.
You can see Cable Griffith's new paintings at G. Gibson Gallery. For several years, Seattle artist Cable Griffith has been experimenting with patterned landscapes that appear to be made of stacked candies or heaps of tires, dystopic lollipop planets. Sometimes elements have been loose and floating in air. Other times the scenes are so tightly assembled that they'd make perfect bright factory-knitted sweaters. (Actually, Cable Griffith's paintings would make fairly tremendous sweaters.)
The new paintings branch out in ways I'm finding fascinating to think about. Video games are merging with ancient texts. The painting above is Frogger and Florida (or California?) roadside and pre-modern Egypt. Below: Mad Lib hieroglyphics.
Desert, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 24 by 24 inches.
Here's the view from an airplane window, looking down through cartoonish clouds on Griffith's building-block-Minecrafty, vaguely Simpsons-colored world.
Above the Clouds, 2013, acrylic on 25 canvas panels, 36 x 36 inches.
A rippled painting called Dock has its own faint sonic echo. Its dual orientation—aerial, but straight-on, too—brings to my brain the Google Earthishness of Indian miniature painting and Mondrian's earliest experiments with abstraction: piers and oceans made of storms of hash marks.