Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas is pleased is to announce The Curve of Forgetting, David Willburn’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. In these works, Willburn abstracts domestic objects that once had sentimental value into collaged paintings and thread-based drawings as efforts to erase and forget.
Belongings allow us to keep trace of past moments. Because of their existence, some memories feel and/or come to our mind as vivid as when we experienced them, others are nebulous, but still there. Objects are treasured by their material value, by their mechanical importance, etc. In this case, we are focusing on objects that are imbued with sentimentality. When we decide to keep such items intentionally and/or live among them by a quirk of fate, we are agreeing to the possibility of reminiscing to the memoirs linked to them. Yet, Willburn wants to return objects to their original neutral value. His artwork does not include any suggestions of recognizable, knowable information. All are free of attachments, emotions or reminiscences. “The Curve of Forgetting is a term that describes how we hold onto information; the shortness of memory. I feel like removing the objects from the drawings in an effort to see how long I can remember what that object or space was before the abstraction process began.”
Born in Fort Stockton Texas, David Willburn lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. Willburn’s work can be found nationally and internationally at venues including Dallas Contemporary (Dallas, Texas), Helmuth Projects (San Diego, CA), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, Oregon), University of Art and Design (Helsinki, Finland), among others.