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Recent Paintings and Sculpture
"I seek the dynamics of change, growth, and potential. Imagination and observation
are my muses. They are like flint and metal, when struck together the potential is infinite." D.D.
A self-described doodler, Dreyer records things he sees instantaneously on small pieces of
paper that he carries with him. Some of these doodles become the basis for his paintings
and sculptures. Dreyer says “single observations are often catalysts that spark recollection
and assimilation. However, the work has its roots fixed in a diagrammatic exploration
of such things as perception, motion and gravity.”
As his is an organic process, there is an interconnectedness to Dreyer’s work.
In fact, Dreyer says, “I am pushing these ideas around a little more instead of just trying to
make one object that is only about itself.” One example of this interconnectedness
is his sculpture Polaris. It came from a photograph he took of a renovation project.
He liked the dynamics of the angles, lines, and shadows in the photograph so much that
he based a painting on it. Out of that, he started playing around with small bits of
cardboard and wire which turned into a small maquette and later into the
large sculpture Polaris. Polaris, in turn, has generated at least ten more paintings.
Each painting and sculpture from this group stands alone, but each is also
interconnected with the other. Ultimately, they are all interconnected with
the space captured in the photograph that originally inspired him.
Those questions that Dreyer is answering (How does something arrive at its present form?
How has it changed? What is its potential?) are evidenced in his paintings by the history
he leaves on the canvas. For example, a graphite line may be painted over, then moved,
but traces of the original line can still be seen. Or, the color that was originally washed
over the canvas has been painted over in a totally different hue, but the original color faintly
shows through in areas. Questions of where things have come from and where they are going
can be seen in the visual history. These changes result in paintings with tactile, complex surfaces.
They are paintings that you can rest your eyes on.
Dreyer earned both his BFA and MFA from Southern Methodist University.
He is currently an Adjunct Instructor for the Division of Art at SMU.
This is his 2nd exhibition at Valley House Gallery.
His work will be exhibited at The MAC
(McKinney Avenue Contemporary) in Dallas from March 8 through April 25, 2008.
|Dallas artist David Dreyer is equally a painter and a
sculptor. Both media express his interest in the dynamics
of nature. Dreyer is driven to answer questions such as:
How does something arrive at its present form?
How has it changed? What is its potential?
In answering those questions, Dreyer uses the gestures
of lines to convey the essence of his subject. Dreyer asks,
“How can I make one line mean everything?”
The gesture of a line could be inspired by the way a
wet leaf looks on a concrete sidewalk; or the
imagined arc of a bird flying above trees; or the
curve of a twig with a leaf dangling on its end;
or a valley cutting through two mountains.
In Dreyer’s hand, these gestures can take the
form of a graphite line in an oil painting;
the implied line between shapes of color on his canvas;
the line formed by the curve of an iron wire; or the arc cut
out of a sheet of iron. Dreyer uses those lines to describe
the essence of that leaf, bird, twig, and mountain.
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|Sun Sail, Red Bud, and Sweet Piroque 2007
|Williams Lake 2007
68 x 78 inches
|Polaris and Mars 2007
48 x 54 inches
23 x 23 1/2 x 15 inches