|DARREN WATERSTON: Kingdom
Through May 28, 2011
Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent oil paintings on panel, sculptures and gouache paintings on paper by artistDarren Waterston. The exhibition, titled KINGDOM, will feature several large scale oil paintings depicting animals, some realistically rendered, others ghostly or minimally suggested, in abstracted, open landscapes alluding ambiguously to water, earth, and air. The works use the form of the animal to explore states of being and becoming, metamorphosis, dematerialization and decay.
The animals appear in landscapes that are in constant flux, the materiality of the animal’s body always marking the paradox of a being’s concrete existence in inherently unstable time and space. Freed from predictable cycles of birth, life, and death, the animals in the paintings may be victims of the atmospheric upheaval that surrounds them, or they may be products of it; but they are never ontologically apart.
The twenty-three works on paper constituting the Bestiary, derive from the medieval bestiary tradition, in which a finite number of known species—as well as mythological creatures—were catalogued encyclopedically. Here the animal body itself is in a state of transition, in flux, and without boundaries. While the shapes of these animals are individually recognizable, their forms are stacked and tangled and begin to meld into one another. The exhibition’s three sculptures are similar in their stacking of flora and fauna and detritus from the natural world.
By turns monstrous, fanciful, or abstract, the animals merge into composite forms bringing forth strange fellowships between species normally separated by geography, time, or the line between fact and fiction.
As a genre, the medieval bestiary not only constituted a natural history of creation, but also participated in a rich tradition of the moralizing allegory, the animal kingdom providing apt figures for human behavior, human folly, and the stark reality of the postlapsarian human condition.
Also, Darren Waterston will have an upcoming exhibition Forest Eater, at both the Contemporary Museum and Honolulu Academy of Arts in Honolulu, HI from May 27 – September 11, 2011.
DEBORAH BUTTERFIELD: New Sculpture
June 2 – July 30
An opening reception for the artist will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., June 2, 2011.
We are pleased to announce a special, two month exhibition of new sculpture by Deborah Butterfield, her 9th one-person exhibition with the gallery since 1991. Throughout the gallery, inside and out on our sculpture deck, we will show three large standing bronze horses and at least four small standing bronze horses.
Originally built of sticks and branches from the madrona, this work was patinated to resemble the deep reds and oranges of the bark of this lovely Pacific Coast tree. Butterfield has recently been experimenting with mixing quite large tree chunks and trunk pieces with smaller, more delicate branches in her work. This sculpture displays this extreme juxtaposition, rendering the horse both solidly concrete and airily abstract at the same time.
The gestural quality of the horse is enhanced by the painterly patina Butterfield uses to depict the particular beauty of madrona bark. It’s rare to see this much color, particularly red, in Butterfield’s bronze work.
“Bestiary No. 1,” 2010, gouache on paper,
14 x 10″
Deborah Butterfield, “Madrona,” 2009,
unique cast bronze with patina, 86 x 117 x 26″
Deborah Butterfield, “Untitled,” 2011,
unique cast bronze with patina, 31 x 33 x 11″