Artist talk by Denton Crawford, opening reception for “Ethereal/Material”

  • on 17 Jan 2014
  • Carlos Gallery, Nabit Art Building
Our Church

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building presents Ethereal/Material, a solo exhibition of mixed media work by New York artist Denton Crawford. The exhibition of drawings, paintings, collages and installations will be on view January 17 to February 15.

With Crawford’s work, viewers are invited into an imaginative, fictional space where the gallery is transformed into an immersive, otherworldly landscape. Paintings on Mylar act as portals to seemingly-familiar lands, yet oversaturated colors, glowing spheres and monstrous creatures evoke a fantastic unpredictable environment. Viewers may find themselves hypnotized by pods of concentric, hand-painted circles, or may end up staring a field of flowers, sprouting up from the ground, straight in the eye. Wolves howl smoke and figures are swallowed by the heavens. Anything is possible in these enticing and suspicious lands of possibility. (Right: Our Church. Mixed media, 44 x 44 inches)

Culling cultural detritus such as album art, science fiction illustrations, nature books, magazines, art history and personal photographs, Crawford investigates the relationship between mysticism, spirituality, art and personal experience. He blurs boundaries between reality and imagination, logic and belief, and the tangible and intangible. These dynamics are mirrored in his ability to blur the lines between drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and collage.

Denton Crawford received his MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia and his BFA in painting from the University of South Florida, where he was also a preparator at the University’s Contemporary Art Museum. He has exhibited work in California, Seattle and at numerous galleries in the southeast. His work was also included in the 2013 spring release of Studio Visit magazine. He is a visiting assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.