Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new work by the New York artist, David Goerk on Thursday, 23 October. This will be his third solo exhibition with Howard Scott Gallery.
David Goerk's previous exhibitions with the gallery have focused primarily on small painted forms that critic John Yau referred to as "small constructed paintings." Here, the painted forms open a dialogue with a new series of panel paintings created using complex symmetrical drawings. During the painting process, most of this under drawing becomes paired down to the distilled image. In his paintings, the artist makes inelastic forms. Each is created within a plane that bears a nearly invisible history of its making. As Goerk reveals, "the rectilinear plane dictates and extracts something new through the [drawing] process but relies on the same intuitive engagement; both the paintings and objects rely on discovery through process."
In all of these works, Goerk continues a conversation that relates to abstract forms in art just as much as it does in music and poetry. In the rare moments when we are allowed to see the artist's moves, graphite line beneath gesso or bare wood panel grids, the multitude of potential outcomes becomes evident. 1:11 (5.26.2014), 2014 exhibits this glimpse inside the process.
The combination of mediums that Goerk employs summons lustrous enamel gloss and chalky gesso in concert. More often, the surface we are confronted with is finished, or rather has one or many layers of finishes. Each thing is that specific object. In concert, the flat work and the sculptural work reveal themselves to the viewer over time. Space----real and illustrative----develops an expanding field of vision.
David Goerk's work has been juried into numerous museum and university gallery exhibitions by such admired "eyes" as Diane Waldman, Neal Benezra and Ned Rifkin. His works are included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Rutgers University; the Panza Collection, Milan; as well as private and public collections in the United States and Europe.