May 4-28, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018
One is a boring number and seems very limiting. While it signifies a new beginning, it is very autonomous. Artist often work alone but there work often represents us. Therefore, David works in a variety of mediums. Painting, printmaking, found object sculpture and photography. His most recent body of work focus on rail trails in New Hampshire. While it almost always beings with a specific place the final work especially in painting the emphasized is placed on the social activity and its current use.
The historical context of rail trails may be identified several ways. Firstly, is engineered landscape of its own right providing social/economic value to the industrial age. In light and pursuit of a healthier lifestyle these places when no longer a viable generator to the economy have been transformed into recreational use with the supports of private and public effort.
The rail trail is the backdrop but with his paintings, he is trying to create a visual intensive experience focusing on point of view using brilliant and contrasting color. The work is not plane-air nor is aesthetic considered. It falls within the frame contemporary conceptual landscape and intentional highlights the activity and visually.
The paintings themselves are built up with layers of paint, heavy brush stroke and generous amounts applied with the pallet knife. David strives to create lots of texture and wants his viewers to look deep into the frame. The final finish uses variant forms of gloss and neo-megilp and other mediums mixed in kind with the alchemist.