Fred Schnider Gallery Presents David Carlson Out of My Mind

By Editorial Team on May 7, 2018
David Carlson, Other Side of Empty, oil and acrylic on canvas, 60” x 72”. Courtesy of the artist.
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Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12 from 6pm to 9pm
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David Carlson’s paintings and drawings from Fields and Transformation series.

Curator’s statement:
The painting reads like a composition.. am I looking at sound? Floating in water? “It’s important to sit with the work,” David says, “All of these ideas are about energy. I merge energy with time to reflect an unknown circumstance.”

The abstractions read as visual energy. In many ways, David Carlson’s Fields and Transformation series are about process and the contemplative state that is developed from the artist and the viewer. The varying methods of scraping, brushing, and sanding are applied until the painting is completed. A kaleidoscope of colors wash over each other, layer upon layer, texturing the surface. The overlapping forms balance between organic and fluid to rigid and geometric.

Ovular interlocking circles shifting over and under the pictorial space and finger-like shapes combing their way through the canvas are recurring motifs found from one painting to the next.

The work has an additive and reductive approach seemingly asking, what is the nature of mind? How do we meditate on these forms? The layers wash away memories, some clearer than others. I follow the forms, drifting into memory until it fades out of sight.

– Meaghan Kent, Director of Cody Gallery at Marymount University and Founder of Site95

Carlson was awarded Best Work by Megan Beyer, Executive Director of the President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities during the 2016 Athenaeum Invitational, Alexandria, VA.

Fred Schnider Gallery is located at 888 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA.