Seeing Dan Treado working we are strongly reminded of the 1967 collaboration between engineers Billy Kluver and Fred Waldhauer and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman, Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.). The playful merging of science and art, the genuine delight in tools and methods and the shared interest in performance art and experimental music are hallmarks of the artist's overall studio ambiance that inform the making of these sophisticated new works.
From the title of this show, You Are Getting Sleepy, visitors are placed on notice that the artist's quirky humor is in control. The drawing machine inspired works ripple with contained and implied energy. In finely tuned combination, they work in macro and micro mode, planetoids in orbit around a star or sub-atomic scale particles in close, fixed orbit around one another. Treado calls these cyclotronicals; but more than anything else, the works seem reflective of the artist's Weltanschauung, existing on several planes at once, and held in orbit by Treado's imagination. In addition, the hypnotic quality of brightly colored, ringed discs activates the work and commands the viewer's attention. Or, in the artist's words, "When clustered together, overlapping or occupying distinct envelopes of space, a collection of them becomes a dynamic force, willing themselves into motion."
Where Ken Noland's concentric circles were a means of exploring pure color, Treado's circles and accompanying tondos explore the mechanics of the universe in attention-commanding compositions and assemblages. The tension between the precisely rendered paintings and the playful titles is only one element of the artist's full-on imagination in his fourth exhibition at Addison/Ripley.
Often employing tools of his own design, such as squeegees and scrapers, the artist is able to fuse solvent and oil paint to create luminous, richly surfaced paintings on Baltic birch panels. Treado's paintings are process works that often borrow from sources such as film and photography, physics and biology textbooks, and electron microscope images. His multi-paneled canvases and mylar works explore the relationship between science and art and the manner in which we view film and paintings. Treado studied at Georgetown University, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Pratt Institute. He regularly exhibits in New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC.
The gallery is located in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 until 5:30 and by appointment.
For further information and images please contact Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202.338.5180