Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce our thirteenth exhibition, Topos, by New York artist, Darren Waterston. These twelve new oil paintings on panel and ten works on paper create abstract, other-worldly landscapes.
In the imagined spaces of the these paintings the artist continues his representations of disintegration and decadence explored in Filthy Lucre, an installation reimagining James McNeil Whistler’s 1876 masterpiece “Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room.” Pattern and repetitive motifs in golds, bright pinks, whites and purples obscure and distort the landscape. Skies, seas, horizons, vistas and chasms appear to crumble, break apart, and float off into the spatially ambiguous atmosphere.
"At once terrestrial and cosmological, the paintings shuttle between earthly realms and infinite universes, engaging representational strategies by turns majestic in scope and minutely detailed. Spatial planes fracture and rupture; abstracted forms erupt and float; physical places come in and out of view. These spaces feel remote, inaccessible, and uninhabitable—yet alluring at the same moment."
– Darren Waterston
In the works on paper, a circular format seems to alternate the view of the horizonless landscape through either a telescope or a microscope.
Darren Waterston was born in Fresno, California in 1965. His work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Orange County Museum of Art; Long Beach Museum of Art; Boise Art Museum; Contemporary Museum of Honolulu; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Oakland Museum of Art; Berkeley Art Museum; UCLA Hammer Museum; Tacoma Art Museum; Fresno Art Museum, and Seattle Art Museum.
The installation “Filthy Lucre” is on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C. through June 4, 2017. Catalogs for “Filthy Lucre” are available.