A VISION DEFINED | WEST GALLERY
AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
I work from direct observation on site, choosing by instinct how and what I want to see. The intersecting geometries of natural and man made landscapes are the armatures upon which I build my fictions. In my quest for logical fiction, which is what “realism” is after all, I layer improvisation over observation.
When an artist walks into their first day at art school they have already formed ideas and found artists they have an affinity for. Throughout school and all the years later these subtle influences form his artistic style. Along the way, at every turn, more and different influences are integrated into their style until a new and special style emerges.
I’ve always felt that a curator’s job is to tell the story of this progression. Ideally, every show should be big enough to show the entire story, to lead the viewers from point “A” to point “Z” and beyond. No gallery is that big, though, so we curators must do the best we can to tell the story. Viewers bring a lot to a show and most can appreciate even a single isolated art work, but in a full gallery show enough can be shown to present an abbreviated progression.
I’ve known Dennis since the 1970’s and have seen the entire story; this is my telling of part of it.
Curated by Michael Shortell.