Artist David Ivan Clark
HOVERING IN THE SPACE between romantic landscape and weathered industrial artifact, David Ivan Clark’s paintings dwell in limbo. Each marks the spot where nostalgia collides with fact, where celebration and elegy converge. Clark works in fine layers of oil on stainless steel or wood. From a distance each of his panels presents land, sky and nothing more, perhaps reflecting his western plains origins. His painting is based in the landscape tradition but it blurs the boundary between representation and abstraction; he is not concerned with re-creating the specifics of place.
Terry Dunmire, gallery owner Susan Calloway, and Thomas Fleetwood Mefford
DAVID IVAN CLARK was raised on the vast plains of western Canada. He graduated from Princeton University in 1983 and studied architecture at the Oregon School of Design 1987-1989. In addition to numerous exhibits in the Bay Area, his work has been chosen by curators from the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Denver Art Museum for inclusion in shows at various venues in the western states. Clark’s work is held in over one hundred private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.
ON FRIDAY evening, September 24, 2010, his show “Presence/Absence” opened at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The show will go on through October 23. The gallery is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information: www.callowayart.com, tel. 202-965-4601.