Gallery will be closed for December
Reopening on January 6, 2018
Sailing to Byzantium
On Saturday, January 6th, there will be an exhibition of work by Martin Dull in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through January 29th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 6th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Confusions of a Wasted Youth, 2017, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 92 x 45 inches
Sailing to Byzantium explores a world existing somewhere between our waking life and dreams. Derived from a Yeats poem, it refers to a transformative state where mortal cognizance leads to spiritual transformation.
“…Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing…”
– W.B. Yeats
My goal is simple: to communicate through paint and found objects the many and diverse sensations of being within a non-objective environment. I work abstractly because I am interested in the individual and subjective responses to these forms. Whether or not the state of viewing is consistent, a dialogue will emerge through the experiential nature of the work – opening it to a set of truths that can be discussed and debated by all. The paintings probe the viewer; are you being transported to an excited state? Is there elation, anxiety, feelings of curiosity or disruption? In this sense, my work serves as a bridge from the personal to the public, the intangible to the geographical, while encouraging communication and, ultimately, unity.
Martin Dull, 2018