DC Arts Center Presents Gary Honig A Native Son

By Editorial Team on November 2, 2020

Sat, 10 October 2020 - Sun, 17 January 2021

Gary Honig, Vast White Looming Walls (detail), Acrylic on paper, 8″ x 6″ 2020.
On View: October 10 – January 17, 2021

Featuring Artist Gary Honig
Curated by Liz Ashe

“A Native Son” is a collection of new works highlighting Honig’s delicate sensibilities as a painter. Gary Honig’s new works are 8”x6” abstract, acrylic paintings on paper. The titles are culled from Richard Wright’s book, “A Native Son.” Honig is a DC native who began painting thirty years ago.

These active paintings use a deconstructed method, blurring and breaking down imagery on multiple levels. Honig is process-driven and invested in the act of painting. From right to left, the role of the artist steps far back, influenced by the expanding microcosm of activity and color. They then move to cut and shifted works, gaining a new control again of the image at arm’s length. Ultimately, torn and reassembled paintings focus on organic yet geometric color segments, as if the artist were very close and involved.

These small works are deeply emotive and personal. Like society at large, our understanding of events and concepts begins on a global level. As an individual considers events, connections shift and the focus changes to become something to work on. The picture has even, balanced parts. And then, as personal connections begin from small pieces, they are not always weighted the same. These collaged pieces of different sizes become something we work and add to, to create a new whole.

The paintings progress and grab inspiration from Richard Wright’s novel, “Native Son.” He claimed the title as a double comment on what it means to be fully from a place. By using lines from the novel for his titles, Honig found similarities between legal justice of the 1940’s and many points made today with Black Lives Matter.

Honig is a DC native, and his work is deeply inspired by music and the connections between people.