Urban Landscape by David Rich
November 12 – December 18, 2011
These paintings are rooted in the layered and disjunctive spaces of urban landscape. They combine this physicality with a spare and decisive approach to abstract painting, resulting in compositions that feel solid and rooted, yet open and breathing. They involve hybrid spaces evoking both the external world of the street and an intimate sense of lived experience within one’s body.
The work is informed by direct observation and everyday situations – warehouses, water, train bridges, and configurations of shadow. The light is that of late afternoon, evening, and night, sometimes within the same painting, in a darkly luminous buzz.
The paintings explore the charged and alive spaces between and around us. They are about the mingling of private and public space that occurs on the street, and within ourselves.
This work is also informed by improvisation, an organic sense of structure, and an economy of means in which everything is necessary and nothing is extra. The process involves direct painting, with a pronounced sense of fluidity and interdependence. Spaces group together and lock in, setting up a structure that appears to shift as implied connections assert an alternate read. The paintings are rooted in the familiar, but take on surprising, mysterious, and hopefully resonant spaces for thought.