Ewan Gibbs

Richard Gray Gallery | Chicago

The tautly focused pursuit of infinitesimal difference within the incredibly tiny is an intriguing pictorial obsession, and Ewan Gibbs has a kind of atom vision. His standard procedure is to take blackand-white photographs and translate them onto paper into a grid of multiple thousands of meticulously drawn cells, each precisely the same minute size, many hatched with a small mark, parallel row after parallel row, to create a teeming, handmade benday dot matrix. From cell to cell, the minuscule differences in the pressure of his pencil give each dot its near-microscopic uniqueness, and through consummate control of this barely perceptible adjustment he creates the ad infinitum incremental tonal shifts that allow these drawings to so closely approximate the original photographs.

To prepare for this show at Richard Gray Gallery, Gibbs visited Chicago and took hundreds of photographs of the

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