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.