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Gil Batle at Ricco/Maresca, New York

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January 19 – February 24, 2018

In "Gil Batle: Re-Formed", Ricco/Maresca Gallery will present ostrich egg​, bas-relief carvings by Batle, who spent over 20 years in and out of California prisons for fraud and forgery. His creations are ​striking visual chronicles ​of the American penal system​. Batle's new hyper-detailed​, surreal ​​playing card drawings​ will also be shown.

Gil Batle’s ostrich egg​, bas-relief carvings are ​striking visual chronicles ​of the American penal system​ from the inmate’s perspective. Born and raised in San Francisco to Filipino parents, Batle spent over 20 years in and out of California prisons for fraud and forgery. To rebuild his life as a free man, he moved to a small island in the Philippines, where he honed his innate drawing abilities through the unlikely medium of carved ostrich egg shells—each with an architecture of pictorial panels supported and separated by a fine lattice of chain-link fencing, razor-wire, or hand-cuffs.

The artist’s new hyper-detailed​, surreal ​​playing card drawings​ open up new ​territory in his oeuvre. Batle’s work and story have been featured in CBS News, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Slate, among many others. “Re-Formed” is the artist’s second one-person show at Ricco/ Maresca Gallery.

The opening reception and winter party for INTUIT will take place on January 19 from 6.30–9.00 pm.

Ricco/Maresca Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10011
www.riccomaresca.com