Featured Image-Rajab Ali Sayed, Call Me By Your Name
Barbara Davis Gallery is pleased to announce Swim, a two-person exhibition featuring Owen Drysdale and Rajab Ali Sayed. The exhibition opens July 7, 2017 with an artists’ reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and is on view through September 2, 2017.
Owen Drysdale, Untitled, 2017, oil on canvas, 16 x 18 inches
In these new paintings by Owen Drysdale, the artist considers society’s ping-ponging of self-affirming information via social media resulting in digital echo chambers — both in our newsfeeds and our memories. Using color and gesture, these layered paintings draw from Drysdale’s own constructed realities and fictionalized past, swimming through idealized memories of San Marcos. Built-up swaths of pastel gradients topped with dense brushes of bright colors recall summertime nostalgia; bright, saccharine colors drip with reflection and apathy. The tones and textures constantly shift, paralleling the ever-changing nature of the internet and our perceived realties, while the calligraphic marks resemble those we make on our touch screen devices, sifting through data as the layers of the paintings shift on the canvas.
Rajab Ali Sayed’s paintings create a dialogue about identity and representation within the history of painting. Sayed co-opts visual cues from historical paintings to express personal mythologies, placing male figures in compositions traditionally associated with female genre paintings, or leaving figures out of compositions to reflect on human presence in absentia. The paintings are detached observations but contain certain elements of wit and humor. There are reflections of romantic possibility, observing couples and other interpersonal relationships. Visual devices such as color and mark run through a series of paintings to continue the narrative. Sayed’s style has an urgency that races to capture the details of time and space, fine-tuning visual elements to create psychological realism.
Opening reception: July 7, 2017- 6:30-8:30 pm
Date: July 7-Sept 2, 2017
Barbara Davis Gallery | 4411 Montrose Blvd, Suite D
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