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Artist Talk | Absence
September 17, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
New Works by DAVID WILSON
Sept 9 – Oct 8, 2016
Friday evening, Sept 9
Saturday, Sept 17
Each of my exhibitions begins within the kernel of an idea. Inevitably they grow into something different, maybe even unexpected, during a process that unfolds over a period of many months. It is a process that is evolutionary by nature, originating from that first idea then growing into a body of work. This exhibition evolved no differently than previous ones other than my initial concept was to develop a series of works that would be more personal and introspective than those from recent years. Absence, as the title for this exhibition, speaks to a missing presence and can be either a short lived or permanent state. Absence exists both now and in the future. It can unexpectedly come upon you or arrive after long anticipation. Irrespective of how and when it arrives, it has this wonderfully unexpected capacity to instill a greater appreciation for presence.
This particular body of work includes a number of multiples that repeatedly reference certain meaningful images and symbols as I look to create a greater opportunity to unravel my thoughts on a given subject. Most noticeable in this exhibition is the repetitive use of the umbrella. It is a nod to my limited abilities to form an envelop of protection or safety around the ones I care most deeply for and to the fragile nature of life itself as the vagaries of life frequently remind me of my limited abilities to control circumstances. When caught in a downpour an umbrella may keep much of you dry but you’re still going to get wet.
This exhibition is an exploration of many thoughts and ideas I have accumulated over the past few years. In an age rife with instability and fear, where reaction rather than contemplation and measurement is the default response, I like to think the painted image stands above our hyper-accelerated culture and provides an opportunity for individuals to stop and consider, if only for a moment, what someone else is thinking about. In my experience viewing a painting can be transformational. And it’s that opportunity, or potential, to create a painting that resonates with an individual in some unanticipated way that is ever so enticing to me.
“Wilson’s new collection delivers much of the same familiarity of Vancouver’s colours, city’s views and culture, but with one significant difference—they are verging on abstract more than ever before, says Katsumi Kimoto, Gallery Director. “Get ready to see the next striking evolution in David Wilson’s artwork, which are active, vibrant & complex masterful paintings of the city we know and love.”