A retrospective of the work of artist Bob Gregson opens with a reception 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at City Lights Gallery. “Just a Phase” traces the story of his creative career with drawings, paintings and playful interactive constructions and “art situations.” Visitors are invited to “come and play with the art.”
Bob Gregson: Just a Phase
A retrospective gives the viewer and the artist an opportunity to reflect back over decades of creative efforts. Themes and content are reworked. Ideas and imagery can be observed in different stages and forms.
Gregson considers art an everchanging process with various threads, phases and reoccurring connections he calls “art echoes,” that have run through his creative career. Featured works include, “The Bicker Box” and “Turning the Tables”
The “Bicker Booth” is divided into two sections with a small window between. Two participants enter either side of the booth and come face to face. Each side has a Rolodex file with approximately 300 theatrical clichés inspired from soap operas and movies. For example, “We’ll never resolve this,” “It’s time you grow up,” to “I don’t care anymore,” and I’ve had enough of your crap.” A dramatic sound track sets the theatrical tone to bicker.
Turning the Table, 2005
Visitors discover a traditional-looking table rendered useless with four circular cut-outs and a spinning X-shaped bar. Four “monkey-boards” (used for automotive repairs) invite people to lie down and slip under the table. Underneath visitors find mirrors reflecting them and other participants and colors. The spinning bar can be seen as it passes over the holes creating another optical effect.