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Simon Donovan and David Longwell: Action/Reaction    Apr 12 - Jun 4, 2013


Artist Reception Friday, April 12, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm

The Temple Gallery is pleased to present the work of Tucson artists Simon Donovan and David Longwell in the exhibition, Action/Reaction. Action/Reaction juxtaposes Longwell’s sophisticated and engaging meditations on abstract expressionist painting against Donovan’s immediate, brash and conceptual wall sculpture. The exhibition opens with an artist reception on Friday, April 12, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm.

David Longwell works in a quiet, methodical and precise fashion, creating dynamic action oriented paintings that feel confident and spontaneous. He paints wispy lines and arcs that make his canvas seem to breathe, as seen in one of his “Untitled” works. A hint of color or an unruly line occasionally peeks through the thick and creamy impasto gestures of paint. A master draughtsman, he drew free-hand his opus of circles perfected over years of practice in 432 Days of Mark Making. Longwell, whose influences include Jack Tworkov and Robert Motherwell among others, has been described as a third-generation abstract expressionist. His elegant paintings update their mid-century debates to the world of contemporary art, deliberating between cream and skim, restraint and openness, and between acknowledgement of the world and the abstracted consciousness achieved through his practice of daily meditation. However, it is that anarchical bit of color emerging from the clean black and white palette and the intentional line gone astray from his intuitive sense of geometry, that telegraphs his freshness of vision.

Simon Donovan’s sinewy and angular untitled wall sculptures comlement Longwell’s beautiful rounded forms. A major Arizona public artist Donovan approaches each body of work as a site-specific response. Like Longwell, his forms are also geometric and he employs a minimalism of form that tangles with his emotions. Donovan’s influences include sculptors Tony Smith, Donald Judd and Anthony Caro – conceptual artists whose large-scale work was often commissioned and designed to interact with the landscape. However, Donovan fashions his materials into almost anthropomorphic shapes and with marked expressionist surfaces. A stunning complement to Longwell’s methodical approach, Donovan’s smart, sinuous creations aptly prove the thesis of the show’s title, Action/Reaction.

Action/Reaction opens with an artist reception on Friday, April 12, 2013. The show runs through June 4, 2013. The Temple Gallery is located in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave in downtown Tucson. The gallery is open Mondays, 10am-3pm and Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm. For weekend hours contact Etherton Gallery, which manages the Temple Gallery or the Temple of Music and Art Box Office.

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