Shadow and Substance
April 4 – 26, 2015
On April 4th, 2015 there will be a solo exhibition by David Hornung. The work will be on display through April 26th with a reception for the artist on April 4th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
“For the past year I have been making small collages, paintings and cyanotypes that depict the human figure and animals in natural and man-made environments. These figurative compositions, like all of my work, mine the tension between pictorial fiction and material fact.
I was introduced to cyanotypes last summer and quickly realized that by making stencils out of cut paper I could readily adapt the technique to my own pictorial goals. I particularly appreciated the combination of accident and control that the process affords. The figurative silhouettes in the cyanotypes also began to appear in my paintings along with other flattened representations of the figure. The cyanotypes are delicate and resemble traditional shadow Puppet Theater while the paintings, in their dense color and physicality, offer a more concrete and fully illuminated view of the same pictorial world. Exhibiting them together invites a comparison that reveals their similarities and stark contrasts.”
“I look at the clay, yes, but more through it toward a possible image of a figure; one that is a variant and not me. The material, a necessity, must fuse with the person it describes. The tools and my hands leave traces, and even more so the moving around and re-arranging of pieces of the material (many of which contain the details) leave the remains of a story about work. This record; of my looking for – on the skin of what appears as another human should be seen as part of the particular terms of the culture of modeling, and in my case a hybrid: collage/modeling. The arrangement of material exceeds and sometimes only approximates. What is left over – the shaping that is outside the normative figure is not a form of style but the remains of many changes marking a movement toward the emergence of the other person.”
Bruce Gagnier, 2014
All Work by Bruce Gagnier courtesy Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, New York
John Davis Gallery 362 1/2 Warren Street Hudson, New York 12534