Ideas Are Free
EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 24
Opening June 28 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm
Artist’s Talk June 29 (Saturday) at noon
Jay Giroux received his MFA from University of Houston in 2011. Ideas Are Free will be his first solo show at Devin Borden Gallery. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Consisting of new sculptures and paintings, Ideas Are Free attempts to resolve generic American cultural themes through an exploitative lens. Giroux’s work adheres to a clustering of formalist, arbitrary gestures that reference high modernism along with hedonistic imagery culled from the bowels of American pop culture. By juxtapositioning these elements Giroux creates a space between viewer and image/object that exposes the inherent failures of Romanticism within art and society and its superficially acknowledged success.
Jay Giroux THE HOUSTON PRESS July 2013
Highbrow meets lowbrow. That can be a glib yet effective way of way of describing the work of Jay Giroux — an artist with a background in skate and street culture who holds an MFA in painting from the University of Houston. The Brooklyn artist’s first solo show at Devin Borden Gallery, titled “Ideas Are Free,” explores that dynamic as he marries aspects of pop culture with high formalism. – Meredith Deliso