Galeria Mascota is pleased to present Phantom, an exhibition of paintings by Chicago based artist Will Gabaldón, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. This group of paintings depict pastoral landscapes and environments the artist has observed over time and rendered from memory. Through painterly intervention, Gabaldón’s verdant scenes are simultaneously representations of real places and manifestations of what the artist refers to as "atmospheres left in memory." The work conjures images of places both real and imagined, utilizing concise brushwork, humble palettes, and the artist's keen sense of memory. Bold brushwork is a significant element of Gabaldon's remembered and invented landscapes. Described as the "rhythm of brushstrokes" in the artist's words, they lead the eyes to sway back and forth across the surface, creating a sense of movement and energy in the silent scenes. The title, Phantom takes its meaning from the haunting sense of an unknown presence in the paintings as well as from the artist’s background in comics and cartooning.
Will Gabaldón (b. 1978 Belen, New Mexico, lives and works in Chicago) received his B.F.A. in painting from the University of New Mexico and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to moving to Chicago, he lived and worked in Brooklyn. While living in New York City, he was a painting assistant for Jeff Koons, founding member of the artist-run exhibition space TSA Gallery and was actively exhibiting work in many group exhibitions in New York. He has held solo exhibitions at Various Small Fires, Seoul, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; TSA Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; and Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Recent group exhibitions include Venus Over Manhattan, New York; Ackerman Clarke at NADA Miami, Florida; Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque, New Mexico; He currently lives and paints in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and two daughters.