In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;
“But I like it
“Because it is bitter,
“And because it is my heart.”
Daniel Gibson’s works are a record and testament to consistency in a place typically devoid of artistic understanding. The artist is based in Los Angeles, with roots planted firmly in the soil of Imperial County. His arguments in favor of artistic undertaking bear resonance in all of SoCal cities he has inhabited and incorporated into his work. He is largely inspired by cholo writing, family, wandering, derailments, and other elements, and continues to experiment, somewhat privately, with limited means and, at often times, seemingly nothing but heart.
-Hilary Webb, read more HERE
DANIEL GIBSON (Yuma, AZ, b. 1977) grew up in El Centro, CA and other surrounding towns that border Mexicali B.C.; then attended Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (2005). Solo exhibitions include Trying’ to Stay on the Bull, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (2017); Always Be Drawing Vol. 1, O.N.O., Los Angeles, CA (2016), and HOWL, I Beat the Devil, Slanguage, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2015). Group exhibitions include Antonio Colombo Gallery, Milan, Italy (2017), Facing (Curated by Paul Pescador), BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA (2017) and “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could dream together?” Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles (2017).