Art Young Artists 2017

Cy Gavin: Young Artists 2017

One might be prone to reading Cy Gavin’s paintings as illustrations of historical circumstance, but his work is, in fact, more akin to politics of representation than a representation of politics. Gavin suggests, “I admire poetry, as poetry relies on more than just the associations and definitions of words to create meaning and atmosphere, but also on rhythm and cadence, deliberately shaped phrasing, how words sound, and possible homonyms.” This is an essential intervention that has been taken up by other queer painters, such as Nicole Eisenman, who insist that narrative painting should not be confined by any story we might project. “I really try to make pictures that are an enactment rather than just a depiction,” says Gavin.

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