Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale

breath of fresh air by david middlebrook

David Middlebrook

Breath of Fresh Air, 2011

retirement by david middlebrook

David Middlebrook


Samstag, 1. Juni 2013Sonntag, 24. November 2013

San Francisco, CA USA

The McLoughlin Gallery is proud to announce that Dallas based abstract painter Christopher H. Martin and Bay Area sculptor David Middlebrook have been selected to participate in Personal Structures, Time, Space & Existence group exhibition in association with the 55th Venice Biennale, from June 1 to November 24, 2013.

Christopher Martin’s powerful large-scale bold abstractions reach far into time and space, and question the very nature of existence with their wide sweeping arcs and intricate lattices. They are brave in size and statement, while remaining sensuous and detailed in their execution. Martin carves these abstract elements to create balance and harmony amid the chaos of color and light. Some images take on linear compositions where lustrous panels of color are layered over each other, while other images place their emphasis more on the curving graphic potential of twists and spirals. A self-taught artist, Martin uses nature’s color palette as his guide as he constructs his compositions. "This once in a lifetime opportunity is still a little unreal to me. Lately my work has evolved to larger scale pieces. Personal Structures will enable me to further expand the scope of my work, literally and figuratively; sharing my inspiring relationship with nature with the rest of the world in Venice during the Biennale,” states Martin."

In keeping with concepts of time and space, the physical and the metaphysical are clearly juxtaposed in David Middlebrook’s work. “When I am not in my studio creating art then I’m transcribing the concepts that are formulated as I sit and think. My aim is to make thought visible”, explains Middlebrook. Nationally established and internationally known, Middlebrook’s career began as a ceramist during the Bay Area Funk Movement. His work seems to defy gravity, challenging the realities of the world around us and preconceived notions of physics resulting in numerous museum exhibitions and acquisitions into permanent collections including SFMOMA, Oakland Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Art, High Museum, Houston Fine Art Museum, and National Contemporary Gallery (Australia). His sculptures possess a visual playfulness that is balanced by the artist’s political critique as he examines current economic and environmental issues. These narratives are born from the preservation and stewardship of our planet, emphasizing and celebrating of all that is precious in this world as he pays tribute to Duchamp, Brancusi and Magritte.

“To be selected to showcase the extraordinary talent and thought provoking, provocative nature of both these artists, places the Bay Area and indeed the West Coast, firmly on the map of the contemporary art world,” explains Joan McLoughlin, Gallerist, The McLoughlin Gallery.

During the next 55th International Art Exhibition Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2013, organized at Palazzo Bembo, the "PERSONAL STRUCTURES” exhibition brings together an extraordinary combination of established artists next to artists whose oeuvre is less known. What they have in common is a dedication to the concepts Time - Space and Existence. The exhibition is curated and organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation. Each artist in the exhibition presents recent artworks, either site- specific, especially made for this exhibition, or coming directly from the artist's studio. Several rooms in Palazzo Bembo are dedicated to one single artist and some rooms are presenting 2 or 3 artists. Their strong statements give each of the rooms a very specific atmosphere. The exhibition features a broad variety of artistic media, such as: videos, sculptures, paintings, photos, installations with light, wallpaper and performance.

Since the participating artists originate from diverse cultures and are of very different age, Time - Space and Existence are highlighted from unusual points of view. PERSONAL STRUCTURES therefore stimulates a more conscious relation from the spectator towards his daily surrounding and aims to increase the awareness of their own personal Existence as human beings within a specific Space and Time.

The exhibition PERSONAL STRUCTURES is part of an international art project. It was initiated in 2002 by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer, who noticed that even in the most distant corners of the world, there are artists working with Time - Space and Existence, thereby expressing themselves in a very personal way. This observation led to the idea of bringing several of these artists together in publications, exhibitions and symposia.