Gaylen Gerber


On view until June 28 at Rowley Kennerk Gallery, is an exhibition of works by Gaylen Gerber. In this exhibition, Gerber presents three artworks in a modified exhibition space. The work confuses easy distinctions between object and context and heightens awareness of visual perception in a way that questions how we differentiate what we are looking at from what surrounds it. Gerber is interested in addressing ideas surrounding perception and particularly the role of context in perception. Gerber’s own work often acts as the contextual ground for the expressions of other artists. For this exhibition, Gerber continues to examine the role of the contextual ground in the interpretation of art, but also specifically highlights the background as an expressive element itself.

Recognizing the shifting relationships between deviation and the normative ground is at the heart of Gerber’s exhibition and draws attention to a central aspect of perception, which is that to perceive something at all you must first be able to distinguish it from its background.


Gaylen Gerber has exhibited widely. Recent solo exhibitions and cooperative projects include: The Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland: and the FRAC-Bourgogne and Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, France.