Reception: Saturday, January 15, 2011 — 4-6
Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition of paintings by David Kapp. There will be a reception for the artist, Saturday, January 15, 4 - 6 PM.
David Kapp was born and raised in New York and has painted the city since the 1970's. While his subject of traffic, buildings and skewed aerial perspectives remain intact, his current work brings in images of crowds and figures. For Kapp, the physical painting is just as important as the scene being depicted; experiencing one of his paintings is sometimes seeing the paint and composition before the image itself.
Kapp’s paintings extract the dramatic contrasts, harmonies and forms of urban movement through a graceful shift between abstraction and representation. The artist responds to his amplified surroundings through equally charged brushwork, yet keeps a taught, Mondrian-like structure intact throughout his work. Kapp’s physical movements of paint usher not only a two dimensional feel for the city, but also a physical sense for it; acute angles and dramatic perspectives viewed on a grand scale induces a vertigo-like sensation in some works, while in others, Kapp sets you right into the thick of urban vitality.
In David Kapp: Working The Grid (Hard Press Editions), Robert G. Edelman writes on Kapp’s urban immersion, “Like Corot’s silver forest at dawn, Turner’s golden haze on the Thames, Chruch’s Catskill Mountains, or Marsden Hartley’s beloved Mt. Katahdin, Kapp has sought out an urban landscape that is emblematic and quintessential...Kapp challenges us to emerge into the light [of the city], not looking back, as did Orpheus, but fully expecting to take on the city, in all its glorious confusion.”
David Kapp’s work has been the subject of over twenty-five solo exhibitions throughout the country. He has received two Academy Awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters along with a Rosenthal Foundation award. His work is in many public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Academy of Design, and The Mint Museum of Art.