Combining the history of oil painting with the visual language of our contemporary lives, Davin Watne’s “Picture the Wall” is an installation of 38 paintings standing ten feet tall and spanning the width of the gallery.
With the upsurge of images being generated by photojournalists and social media outlets alike, “Picture the Wall” combines appropriated images, plein air observational works, and graphic representations of flags to consider contemporary methods of representing nationhood, history, and contemporary American life.
The installation collages these individual representations into an impassable wall; Watne creates a totalizing image from fragments. The combination of these fragments ultimately draws attention to the reality that each painting is an illusion, or construction, and not a transparent or unbiased viewpoint.
“Picture the Wall” is on view through June 24, 2017 at Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty, Kansas City, MO 64102
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Through the physical act of painting, Stewart creates a place that attempts to be familiar, yet will always be distant and beyond reality. His process begins with an awareness of place and the way it is seen, experienced, and remembered. Through photographs and drawings, places of personal significance and transience are examined. These studies are abstracted through the improvisation and vocabulary of paint in a way that honors the locale while becoming something new. Schematic drawings, which represent fact and accuracy, are drawn from memory; memories filled with emotions and inaccurate accounts. The abstractions develop in unknown directions. They are improvised and intuitive, reactionary and resourceful, quick but authentic.
An opening reception will take place on June 2, 2017 at 6pm followed by a gallery talk with the artist on Wednesday, June 21st from 7 – 8 pm.
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Todd Keyser’s use of constructed pictorial space maximizes the expressive potential found within both the self-imposed limitations chosen by the artist and the inherent constraints of working on a rectangular canvas. With his compositions rigorously decided, Keyser finds openness through engagement with the edge of the canvas and the physical space beyond the image. He says that the “intent [of his compositions]…is to suggest that more could be added to each painting…that the space beyond the painting can continue.”
His use of paint treatment, texture, and color vary from painting to painting, but occur within repeating, predetermined geometric structures. Through Keyser’s range of related versions, the viewer is reminded of the richness which can be experienced through variations on a theme which occur frequently in the world of music and, in the visual arts, that harken to Josef Albers’ chromatic painting series: “Homage to the Square.”
Open Plan will be on view from May 3 – 26, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, May 5 from 5 – 7 pm.
Gross McCleaf Gallery
127 S. Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 – 5