Light Holding: Jenna Gribbon Continues Her Intimate Portrayals @ MASSIMODECARLO, London
Jenna Gribbon paints intimacy. There's really no other way to describe her stunningly honest body of work. For the past few years now, her partner, Mackenzie Scott, and her son have been the focal point of her output, capturing partnership and family in a way that is rare. As our priorities and notions of space seem to have evolved over the last two years, Gribbon has innate ability to capture our era.
From the gallery: "Opposingly, the clamp light works present a deconstruction. They are grammatical studies, breaking down the roles of the artist, viewer and subject and the relationship between them. The importance placed on slight in these works feels instantly theatrical and performative and plays with the traditional formal role of light affecting color. Light does not cast its dramatic glow from beyond the canvas but is brought to centre-stage, revealing the process used to compose the works with a simple clamp light. Whoever is holding the light plays the active role: it is a physical manifestation of the gaze. When pointed by the artist, the light illuminates yet imposes the subject as they squint and shield themselves from the discomfort it causes; when the subject holds the light, the vision of the artist, and viewer, is obscured as full comprehension of the scene is denied. With the spotlight pointed at the viewer the balance is flipped as we squirm under the gaze of surveillance, making it impossible to ignore the question of whether we are truly wanted, or needed, in the scene."