Galleri Urbane Dallas looks forward to hosting Brooklyn artist Royal Jarmon for his first solo exhibition with the gallery, Duck in Water. The show will open with an artist’s reception on Saturday, January 9th from 6 - 8:30 PM, and will run until February 13th, 2016.
Duck in Water will be examining “contemporary cultural aesthetic,” an aesthetic which blends aspects of pop culture and mass advertising with digital technology and material examination. Jarmon’s works contain both touches of the hand as well as digital processes, providing both stimulation and pleasure to the eye. The works serve as a dialogue between tradition and advancing technology, an expression of the new world we live in which combines the virtual and digital with what is “real” in the three-dimensional, tangible sense. In his own words, Jarmon is “pointing out the inescapable saturation of computers in in our lives. The general population views so much of what we see on screens. I don’t use any computerized aspects in the application of paint, but I try to bring some of those same values to the canvas. It lends itself to the tension of technology and the tangible.”
Duck in Water also serves as a poetic expression of Jarmon’s recent life experiences. A play on the phrase “duck out of water,” Jarmon initially felt out of place after relocating to New York. However, once he became immersed in the art scene, Jarmon grew accustomed and acclimated to his new home. Through creating this series of works, Jarmon has come to terms with himself and his new environment.
“My process is based mostly on observation. I try to be aware, taking note of relevant visual situations and then using them as a language to create. Like writing a song or poem, I am realizing visually a zone for stimulation, growth, enjoyment.”
Jarmon is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to painting and sculpture, Jarmon enjoys making music and traveling the world. Jarmon’s work has been featured by LVL3 Media, Creative Arts Advocate, Little Paper Planes, and in Nakid Magazine.