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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