While we were checking out First Friday at the ICA last week, Jack and I caught a closer look at Jeffrey Gibson’s ongoing exhibit (Love Song), which we had admittedly skimmed through on our last visit.

jeffrey gibson: love song // union jack creative

I had enjoyed Gibson’s colorful, geometric paintings on drum heads before, but had missed the trapezoidal stretched-hide works on the far wall – and I’m a fan.

jeffrey gibson: love song // union jack creative

The ICA notes that Gibson, “deftly combine[s] geometric abstract painting with the traditional craft materials of his Native American heritage,” and I can’t disagree. The hide as a canvas affords a beautiful effect with acrylic paint, and the slightly off-kilter framing of the Love Song pieces struck me.

jeffrey gibson: love song // union jack creative

When I had a chance to look for more from this artist, I came across more of his sculpture work, including a series of adorned punching bags – though definitely less practical in our living room, I enjoy these quite a bit as well.

jeffrey gibson: love song // union jack creative

jeffrey gibson: love song // union jack creative

For more from Gibson, visit his site and tumblr blog, and stop by the ICA to see the Love Song exhibit in person through July 7.

image credits: 1-Union Jack Creative; 2-ICA/Boston; 3,4,5-Marc Straus Gallery

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