January 6 – February 25, 2017
Opening Reception: January 12th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
In Architectonic Forms, Waterston draws directly from devotional architectural structures such as Renaissance altarpieces, confessional screens and Gothic partitions, reinterpreting them as magnetic and even menacing painterly objects. Familiar religious iconography is transformed into apocalyptic landscapes, gestural flourishes and paint-scarred surfaces characteristic of Waterston’s work. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Triptych (twilight), is based on Matthias Grünewald’s sixteenth century masterpiece, The Isenheim Altar, and casts a spectral halo from the back of it’s hinged panels. At once intriguing and foreboding, the works hint at something darker lurking beneath their surfaces and demonstrate paradoxical ideas of attraction and revulsion.
Says Waterston, “Esthetic collisions of beauty and the grotesque are continuously found in my work. This is what ecstasy is, transcendence through rhapsody and terror.”