Kerry Ware: Dropsonde
Jan. 7, 2006 - Feb. 11, 2006
Opening reception Jan. 7, 2006, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Ware's recent work continues on a prepared plaster panel with the use of wooden dowels inserted into the surface before the pouring of the plaster. The inclusion of the wooden dowels is a formal element that allows the surface to become puctuated with color and texture. The process of preparing the panels is often labor intensive but one Ware finds, in the end, to suit his sensibility for subltle surface textures and an outcome of unpredictibility.
Ware is conservative and traditional at heart. He simply wants to make a picture that looks good. One that is beautiful and without pretense or irony. Ware says, "I hope for my work to exist beyond the contemporary, refusing to align my approach with current trends and fashion. I believe the materials that I am using and the process of pouring, staining, scraping and sanding the paint and plaster to be enough. My subject matter and content exist within this process."
Although current trends in contemporary art deny the continuation of the tradition of modernism this is where Ware's approach is firmly placed. Old Fashioned? No, just rooted in the belief that this is what is needed today for art to stay alive. Other influences and inspiration in Ware's work can be found in electro-acoustic music and his love of nature.