I started the paintings currently on view at DC Moore gallery last October in my still relatively new studio in New York. The fresh space is small but very efficient and in the same building where I live which is ideal. In these recent paintings, I’ve continued my ongoing explorations in landscape, this time immersing myself in studying the unsteady, biomorphic worlds of the Surrealists, specifically Yves Tanguy and his wife Kay Sage, two painters I greatly admire.
I have also been working on a larger project that is underway, exploring tears and the emotive eye, an emblem for both feeling and perception. Below is an image of my studio wall where I paste up sketches and inspirations in the preliminary phase of a project. I incorporated the motif of the eye in some of the new works at DC Moore as well – seen here in Hudson Cycle no. 4.
I think the installation at DC Moore ended up being really open and elegant. We decided to double hang The Hudson Cycle which was conceived as a suite of paintings; intended to be seen all together. Comprising the show are three large paintings and the eight Hudson Cycle paintings.
The opening of my exhibition was March 31st and a very fun, lively night it was. I have the pleasure to be exhibiting alongside fellow artist and friend Barbara Takenaga whose gorgeous paintings reside in the main gallery. “Waiting in the Sky” is some of her best work, a stunning show. Bridget Moore hosted a wonderful dinner party after for friends and family of the gallery and we all got to sit down while being surrounded by Barbara’s work. Fantastic.
Darren Waterston: New Work and Barbara Takenaga: Waiting in the Sky will be on view at DC Moore Gallery in New York through April 30, 2016.
I was fortunate enough to have my eighth solo exhibition at Inman Gallery, which opened last month in Houston. Kerry Inman and her staff always do a beautiful job of installation, and they did an elegant hanging of the 36 works on paper that comprise Pavo. These watercolors are further explorations of the themes and motifs of Filthy Lucre.
Images Courtesy of the artist and Inman Gallery, Houston
My dear friend and great dealer Kerry celebrating another collaboration.
The fabulous Patrick Reynolds, Inman gallery director.
My most beloved Lori Cassady, friend of nearly 30 years enjoying a mint julep on a hot Houston night.
During my residency this year at MASS MoCA, I painted a new body of work for Greg Kucera Gallery entitled Cadence which went on view in Seattle on April 3. Here are some images of the work installed at the gallery.
The title of the exhibition refers to the sequence of chords comprising a musical phrase. Since I have been so deeply immersed in all things Whistler of late, I wanted to explore further the parallels found in both painterly and symphonic compositions. The work was painted in my home studio in North Adams – a wonderful space away in the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts and a peaceful refuge from the intensity of MASS MoCA and the creation of Filthy Lucre. I love this space – very different surroundings from my previous studio in the heart of Manhattan.
Below are some close-up images of some of the works included in Cadence.
Falling Away (left), Suspension (right) & Night Garden (below). These three works are oil on panel.
The images below are some of the works on paper including Formations, Falling, Lilt no. 2 & Lilt no. 5
Cadence runs through May 17th at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington.