Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 2 December 2011

Opening Reception Friday, December 2, from 5 to 9 pm

December 2, 2011 – January 20, 2012
Front Room: Shawn Burkard: Ye Ol Saint Nick
Project Room: Gallery Artists: WOP I
Media Room: Dickson Beall: Light Diet

Public Hours Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Damon Freed’s second solo exhibition with the gallery entitled Life Saver. Continuing his exploration of push and pull, Freed delves deeper into the dichotomy of balance and asymmetry. Driven by his tempo of thought and our contemporary cadence, Freed’s new paintings have a pulse. Warm colors accentuated by black outlines vibrate throughout the paintings; their asymmetrical applications offset centered compositions. They are warm, full of life, always moving and always on the verge of further action.

The tension between the potential and kinetic energies of the paintings calls the viewer to mobilize, to play and to find joy in doing so. The paintings are active and reflective, full of opposing relationships, yet embracive of all these qualities. Freed’s titles enhance the already-present sense of harmony by grounding the abstract compositions with associations that are either concrete or presented in a language that allows the viewer to collaborate in its meaning.
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Kara Gordon and poems by Damon Freed accompanies the exhibit.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents a group exhibition of works on paper titled WOP I by several artists of the gallery including, Buzz Spector, Chris Kahler, Beverly Fishman, Carmon Colangelo, Laura Beard, Alex Couwenberg, Jill Downen, Kelley Johnson, Martin Brief, Joan Hall, Van McElwee and others.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition, titled “Ye Ol Saint Nick” by Shawn Burkard. Part of a series, “The House of Mimesis/Revolving Personalities,” this photograph illustrates Burkard’s Christmas spirit. A unique perspective on the over-commercialization of this religious holiday, Burkard depicts Christmas as a gaudy capitalist invention. The fabrication of the scene—the tin foil, the garbage bag as a gift sack—is as contrived as many people’s “holiday cheer,” but there is no pretense in Burkard’s stance. Saint Nick’s facial expression, posture and action of pouring out the milk are cynical and satirical. This shocking visual metaphor sends his message loud and clear: we’ve been bad children and Saint Nick does not want our milk and cookies this year.

In the Media Room, the gallery presents a new video work titled Light Diet by Dickson Beall. Light Diet is an investigation of the relationship between past and present. Through this exploration, Beall looks to portray the human experience of change through light and space.
Inspired by the Reflection of the Buddah at the Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts, Beall’s work with light and movement in space aims to transcend his subject matter. We are constantly moving, constantly burning and replenishing. This process of constant change is beautiful, elegant in its own right. As disparate as the past traditions of the still life might seem to the future realities in artificial intelligence, there is a bridge across the gap. Beall looks to construct and reform this bridge.

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