Duval's paintings explore the expressive potential of abstract form and pictorial space. Vestigial forms derived from architecture and the body coalesce in a cubo-surrealist- inspired mis-en-scene. Fragmented arches and soft frames are backdrop to the painter’s forms, which shift from biomorphic to rectilinear and are highly suggestive. Passages of painterly gesture and linear drawing overlap and intertwine, encouraging the eye to move as form and space unfold. Painterly materiality and the evocation of narrative time make tangible Duval's vision of abstract painting as an occasion for melancholic reflection.
Abstraction and interiority are the underlying themes in Duval's work, hence the title of this exhibition. Encouraging unhurried contemplation and the quiet power of nonverbal expression, Duval's paintings proffer a conception of interiority that is provocatively unfashionable. In their vulnerability and reticence, the pictures remain sincere and searching, as a matter of fact. Evident in Duval's paintings is a profound concern for meaning and space in abstraction
Jason Duval lives and works in New York. He studied photography and painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Duval has exhibited his work in New York at Marvelli Gallery, Exit Art, Greene Naftali, LMAK Projects, Geoffrey Young, Pablo’s Birthday, Marlborough Contemporary and George Gallery, Brooklyn.
With Duval’s exhibition Interiors, wildpalms will inaugurate its new space in Duesseldorf. This new location will support and strengthen wildpalms’ exhibition concepts, longterm relationships with the US and Latin America, and be a place for screenings, talks, as well as curated exhibitions of pioneers of the arts – regionally and globally.