Inman Gallery is pleased to present "Sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet tea," an exhibition of new work by David Aylsworth. This will be Aylsworth's eighth solo show with Inman since 1992. The exhibition will open Friday, January 8th, with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and will continue through February 20th.
Although David Aylsworth has spent years cultivating his painting process, refinement is not the goal. His arrangements of hard-edged, brightly colored shapes, reworked layer by improvised layer, never presume to be the final, definitive version of themselves. Imperfection is embedded in his method: edges are never quite smooth; colors, scumbled or applied wet-on-wet, are adulterated; the surface is a pocked moonscape of thinly concealed revisions. This seeming nonchalance is in fact a purposeful irreverence. His paintings' early missteps are a means of surprising himself, of discovering tangents that a more structured approach would close off. His accumulated slips and reversals veer at the last moment into unlikely harmonies, still jittering with the exhilaration of a narrowly averted crash. The exuberance of Aylsworth's painting is a survivor's vitality, one that sees adventure in uncertainty, and values ingenuity over faultlessness.
David Aylsworth (born 1966, Tiffin, OH) lives and works in Houston. He earned a B.F.A. from Kent State University, Ohio, in 1989 and was an artist resident at the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 1989-1991. Aylsworth's paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; the El Paso Museum of Art; and the Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi. His recent solo exhibitions include David Aylsworth, Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY (2014); Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas (2013); The Reverses Wiped Away, Inman Gallery (2012); and Fugue for Tinhorns Sound Like Frère Jacques, Ellen Noël Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa (2008). In 2011 his paintings were included in the group exhibition Working in the Abstract: Rethinking the Literal, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.