November 3rd, 2017 – December 10th, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3rd, 6PM to 9PM
DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary is proud to present Falconry, a solo exhibition of new works by Daniel John Gadd, opening November 3rd, 2017 and running through December 10th, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 3rd, from 6pm to 9pm.
The exhibition, Gadd’s second one-person exhibition at DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary, continues the deeply personal narrative from his first exhibition, For the Moon.
Gadd’s painting practice is an amalgamation of Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and Kintsugi. In Kintsugi, an artform of Japanese origin, pottery that has been broken is restored. Rather than disguising the breakage, Kintsugi reinforces the damage into the aesthetic of the restored item, making it part of the object’s history. This is a fitting parallel to Gadd’s own personal history and growth – a maturity based on strength through compassion, reconciliation, and acceptance. Gadd’s use of broken mirrors and his never-ending cycle of re-building, destroying, and re-constituting his shaped formats is a ritual through which he channels these forces.
The title of the exhibition, Falconry, refers to the hunting of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained bird of prey, a falcon, commanded by a falconer. In this body of work Gadd is both the falcon and falconer – a metaphor for painting and the painter himself, owning what is wild within oneself and coming to understand the beauty of that while mitigating the danger within. Violent, fragile, tender, aggressive –and wholly personal – Gadd continues to grow and take risks and is creating some of the freshest and most exhilarating abstraction being made today.