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David Becker: Buddha Paintings
Re-interpreting / synthesizing a wide array of the contemporary canon, resolving to a whole
* Thursday, Oct 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
First Tuesday ArtWalk:
* November 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Art Talk with George Lawson:
* Saturday, Nov 9, 4:00 pm
Exhibit Dates: October 16 – November 17
[Pictured: Buddha Painting 1 (Red Buddha), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 78 x 78 in.]
George Lawson Gallery is pleased to present selections from David Becker’s The Buddha Paintings.
These works are complex overlays of rectilinear, organic, and figurative painting. The figuration is comprised of silhouetted images of Buddhist statues.
Embedded in Becker’s robust, gestural paint handling, the Buddhas raise questions about the correlation between art-making activity and mindful stillness as integrative disciplines.
The Buddha Paintings re-interpret a wide array of the contemporary artistic cannon. They recycle cubism, collage and the gestural improvisations of abstract expressionism, as well as grid painting, crazy quilts and the kind of cultural sampling we might associate with Robert Rauschenberg’s random imagery.
In order to appreciate the contemporary relevancy of Becker’s seemingly non-objective and largely formal approach, viewers must look to the found cohesion in his composite image. Becker borrows from various sources, but with a sense of interdependence, both internally and externally, that convincingly synthesizes his historical references.
The end result manages in the midst of their jumble to achieve a sense of resolve, a whole. David Becker’s paintings at once provide us a window into change, and the tools to cope with it. In their response, they are Buddha Paintings indeed.
Contact: (415) 531-0348
Additional time info:
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
First Tuesday ArtWalk: November 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Art Talk with George Lawson: Saturday, Nov 9, 4:00 pm
Wed–Sat: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
18 E Blithedale Ave #12, Mill Valley, CA 94941