May 17 – June 22, 2013
Darren Waterston’s exhibition Stabat Mater comprises a new series of abstract paintings that envision transcendent states of being. The thirteen oil on wood compositions continue the artist’s decades long interest in idealized forms in distress or decay, and the melancholic beauty of this metamorphosis. Here volatile figurative accumulations merge into equally unstable atmospheric spaces marked by painterly cuts, flares, and clots. Waterston’s series was inspired by the great musical settings of the Stabat Mater, a 13th century poem of divine suffering. His paintings evoke a similar psychological anguish, offering a glimpse into a contemporary and bodily sublime, images both haunting and ecstatic of the corporeal becoming ethereal.