(Thursday) 1 9 J a n u a r y - (Saturday) 2 5 F e b r u a r y , 2 0 1 2
Reception for the artist : Thursday, 1 9 J a n u a r y, 6-8 p.m. Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of recently completed works by the New York artist, David Goerk on Thursday, 19 January. This will be his second solo exhibition with Howard Scott Gallery.
The works which will compose the forthcoming exhibition are characterized by an economy of means. Their scale is decidedly intimate, with dimensions rarely exceeding twelve inches. Perforce, passages of the declarative colors which he tends to favor (often in combination with white) can occupy only a small area, but because of the manner in which the color interacts with his carefully articulated shapes, the works achieve a physical presence which far outweighs their scale - allowing an individual work to hold a sizable wall, even when viewed at a considerable distance. ( It was perhaps a period of restricting his palette to black and white in combination which honed his understanding of the optical properties of color.)
The artist spoke recently about the importance to him of achieving "a simple clarity" in his work - wall-sited constructs to which he refers specifically as "sculpture", but "sculpture informed by painting and drawing". He places great value in the role of intuition in his working process, wanting the work to unfold in a direct and natural manner - not laborious, not endlessly deliberated upon… . Crucially important to him is that his work not be fully comprehended in a brief viewing. For this reason, he structures the work so that it possesses "multiple and variable perspectives" and also contains ambiguities which gradually explain themselves via prolonged viewing.
After a seven-year (1980-86) immersion in new music in Philadelphia (as one of four members of the band, Bunnydrums), Mr Goerk began exhibiting publicly as a visual artist, primarily in Philadelphia, where he continued living until moving to New York City. His work has been juried into numerous museum and university gallery exhibitions by such admired "eyes" as Diane Waldman, Neal Benezra and Ned Rifkin. Works are included in private and public collections in this country and in Europe, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Rutgers University, New Jersey; and the Panza di Biumo Collection in Milan.