David Marsh: in direct quote

June 11, 2010 - July 10, 2010

Opening reception June 11, 2010, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

We are pleased to present in direct quote, a solo show by David Marsh following his recent MFA thesis exhibition at the University of Miami. The new work produced for this show reveals an artist with a strong foundation who is actively and quickly evolving.

Marsh's paintings are a product of the constant challenges he places upon his materials, techniques, and even his own assumptions as a painter. He tends to work in layers, adding and subtracting material, exploring the effects of each element, and uncovering earlier gestures. The result is a finely tuned balance between extremes. The work included in this exhibition makes bold use of scale and form, yet retains a delicately handled surface. In contrast to the heroic scale of some of the paintings, a close view is rewarded by subtle details of image and texture. Drawing emerges out from under broad and bright washes of paint and strips of heavy fabric. At times, he employs distinctly feminine imagery, including flower shapes torn off an old quilt. The paintings are, in keeping with his intentions, very alive - they offer a rich experience for the viewer to dive into, bringing his or her own sets of influences and references to have a fresh and personal experience of the work.

a flawed providence

Installation view

a flawed providence

girls, girls, girls, 2010, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, cotton, 22k and 24k gold leaf on canvas, 120 x 180 inches

a flawed providence

Installation view

a flawed providence

in direct quote, 2010, acrylic, oil, pastel, graphite, charcoal, 24k gold leaf, artificial gold leaf, velvet, cotton, sports mesh and eraser dust on canvas, 108 x 144 inches

a flawed providence

Untitled, 2010, graphite, acrylic, pastel and artificial gold leaf on canvas, 120 x 216 inches