Wayne Gonzales & David Silver
Wayne Gonzales (American, b. 1957-) Wayne Gonzales was born in 1957 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He now lives and works in New York, USA.
Contemplative, evocative and mysterious, Gonzales' work uses a rigorous formal structure to mine the processes of painting and perception. His process begins with digital images culled from random searches on the internet. In addition to this, he uses source photographs of places and people taken himself. Gonzales often revisits the images he has taken and zooms in and out of the whole composition like a camera lens, cropping, moving and playing around so that the final work has a whole different meaning.
Dates and locations of the actual images are unimportant, but content and search phrases provide catalysts for further investigation. The artist edits the image into a form that can be executed in a restricted palette of one or two colours. The image may be visible from a distance, but upon closer inspection becomes lost in the very brushwork that defines its form: an experiential reality analogous to the difference between watching a crowd from a distance and being a participant in the action.Although their genesis bears common ground with the photography-based cycles of the political paintings of Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol, his paintings insist upon a shift in our perception of photographic truth. Painting here is exhausted by the infinite associative searches and links created by culture's new short-term memory. By breaking down his source images and building them back up, Gonzales re-invests the canvas with a new relevance: history paintings for the digital age.
Recently Gonzales has executed work using crosshatching to mine the detail of distinctly American scenes. He creates form through the density of interlocking lines, resulting in depths of shadow and light. The method recalls the etchings of Old Masters, along with the line drawings of contemporary artists such as Sol LeWitt.
Recent solo exhibitions include; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2015); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA (2013); ‘Wayne Gonzales: Works on Paper', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2012); ‘Light to Dark/Dark to Light', New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA (2011) and ‘Wayne Gonzales', CAC Malága, Malága, Spain (2011). Further notable solo exhibitions include Wayne Gonzales, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2010); ‘Wayne Gonzales: Free and Clear: Online Project Room', Dinter Fine Art, New York, USA (2008) and ‘Judge - Vincent Katz and Wayne Gonzales', Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA (2008).
Major group exhibitions include; ‘America is Hard to See', Whitney Museum of Art, New York, USA (2015), ‘The Painter of Modern Life', curated by Bob Nickas, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA (2015); ‘The Optical Unconscious', curated by Bob Nickas, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil, Switzerland (2014); ‘Flash Back-November 22, 1963', Addison Gallery, Andover, MA, USA (2013-2014); ‘LAT. 41° 7' N., LONG. 72° 19' W, Martos Gallery, East Marion, New York, USA (2013); ‘Dark Matters', Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA (2012); ‘All that Glisters', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2011); ‘Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboyʼs Stadium Art Program', Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, USA (2010); ‘Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice', curated by Bob Nickas, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA (2009); ‘Empires and Environments', curated by Dominique Nahas and Margaret Evangeline, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA (2008) and ‘Resistance Is', Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2007).
Gonzales' works are included in prominent international collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Microsoft Art Collection, Washington; Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. David Silver (American, )
An avid photographer since his early teens, David has developed into a highly-distinguished artist behind the camera. He boasts over 35 years of professional experience and has had his photographs showcased in galleries throughout New York City and the Hudson River Valley.
David graduated from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. with a bachelor’s of arts degree in photography in 1983. At Bard, he combined his passion with a mastering of the technical aspects of photography, and emerged as a highly-skilled artist. David credits much of his early success to the esteemed faculty at Bard whom he studied under, including Stephen Shore and Douglas Baz.
A New York Tri-State area native and resident, David has a deep appreciation for the unique beauty that the region offers. His familiarity with the region coupled with his time at Bard made the Hudson River Valley an ideal choice for his first of many photographs.
Over the last three decades, David has traveled throughout the country and around the world, from the mountains of Wyoming to the Mediterranean coast of San Remo, Italy and beyond. He has used everything from an 8x10 view camera and a 4x5 view camera to a medium format and a 35mm digital SLR to capture hundreds of varied landscape, cityscape, architectural stills, and portraits. All of the images are printed on an Epson 7890 printer, and framed in either Larson-Juhl solid hardwood frames (sizes 20x24 and above) or Vermont Hardwoods Frames (prints 16x20 or smaller) – all entirely by David himself at his private studio.
His photographs have been featured in Hudson Valley Magazine and several prominent galleries throughout the region, such as Hammerquist Gallery in New York City, Port of Call Gallery in Warwick, N.Y., Exposures Gallery in Sugar Loaf, N.Y., and The Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
An advocate for the arts and the community, David sits on the Board of Directors for The Bardavon, a New York state nonprofit organization that owns and operates two historic theatres and the Hudson River Valley Philharmonic.