Conversations And Situations - Paintings And Drawings, 1976-2019
Over the past four decades David Rich has demonstrated aremarkable ability to fuse abstraction, figuration and urban landscape inendlessly inventive ways suffused with lyrical beauty and an aura ofspontaneity. His work advances creative dialogue with an abiding confidencethat visual images can still communicate powerful emotional and spiritualvalues in addition to formal aesthetics. The concept of the subconscious is apowerful one in his work and can be very much seen in his deep affection forthe natural world and intense curiosity about the human and social realitiesaround him, creating narratives that allow the past to be continually revealedthrough the present. He draws no hierarchical distinctions among his work inabstraction and figuration, rather each facilitates a variety of ways torigorously engage with its conceptual and aesthetic underpinnings, makinglayered meanings possible. And in the artist’s own words: “These paintings takeshape over time, in both making and seeing them. This involves decisive changesmade quickly, but also a slow aspect. Both require different kinds offearlessness. This attitude is not about aesthetic refinement. Rather, it remainsrooted in urgency, making the changes necessary to bring out the implicitunderlying content more clearly.”
Included in this show is a selection of paintings and drawingsfrom 1976-2019 that expertly exploit the ambiguity between abstract shapes andimagery as well as the intriguing play between formal intention and narrativepotential. Luminous, spare and evocative, the works from the 1970s, his earlyyears of self-discovery and rigorous experimentation with spatial structure andplacement of color are elegant abstractions with a strong sense of lineardesign and vibrant colors. There is a great deal of critical experience, ofknowledge and admiration of other artists’ researches in this dynamic body ofwork, as well as an ever sensitive deftly balanced interaction between visualand emotive concerns. His work nudges us to be more open-minded, to adjust tothe constant change in the world.