David Mitchell: Boundaries
January 29, 2015 – March 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 29, 6:00–8:00 pm
The Dryansky Gallery is pleased to announce Boundaries: an exhibition of color photographs by British born/Southeast Asia based artist, David Mitchell. The exhibition will be on view from January 29 to March 12, 2015 with an opening reception on Thursday, January 29, 2015 between 6 and 8 pm.
Boundaries marks David Mitchell’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast, featuring non-objective photographs selected from the artist’s on-going Abstract bodies of work. Prints from his 2012 series and new works from his 2014 series are being shown for the first time. The geometric nature of these works aligns with his interest in urban form, planes and space where he employs his own abstracted and reductive aesthetic language, incorporating his fantastic sense of color, line and shape that reaches beyond the confines of reality. In Boundaries, the conventional notion of photography being about representation is replaced with contemporary non-objectivity and draws on the imagination, challenging what we have known photography to be.
Mitchell employs a studio practice in which images originate with sketches, that are then translated into collages and assemblages, and finally chronicled through the lens. The staged constructions are photographed and discarded post-production, leaving only the final print as evidence. He interprets his perceptions of urban surroundings — such as architecture, form and space — with emotional reverence. His intent is to create symbols and ideas rather than literal depictions; the images are not “pictures of something”, but are “the something” in and of themselves.
Co-director, Jilian Adi Monribot, says, “I first encountered Mitchell's work at RMA Institute in Bangkok, Thailand in 2011. I was struck by the conundrum it presented – I had no idea how the work was created or that it was even photography at all. In viewing his work, drawn to its enigmatic depiction of something both modern and contemporary at the same time, I felt I was invited into someone’s smart, deep and analytical mind; and I found the invitation into that head-space compelling. I knew immediately that I wanted to exhibit this work.”
This exhibition of hard-edged abstracts from the artist’s on-going non-objective series where the two dimensional plane is about structure and division of space, or “boundaries,” echoes Piet Mondrian, Ilya Bolotowsky, Burgoyne Diller or Mark Rothko; but these masters are not Mitchell’s direct inspiration. Mitchell draws from the urban environment where he seeks and finds inspiration in Post-modern Brutalist architecture experienced from interior as well as aerial points of view. Exploring subterranean parking lots and train stations or bird’s eye views of painted game courts inform Mitchell’s mysterious geometric compositions. His works are minimalist and formal, yet ethereal and moody, balancing the concrete with the surreal. Boundaries reveals the power of the two dimensional surface and the way it can beguile us.
“He does not make metaphors, as conventional photographers unavoidably do. He strives for an impossible transparency... David Mitchell, a photographer unique among his contemporaries.”
— Lyle Rexer, critic, curator, and columnist for Photograph Magazine
The artist’s website is: www.dmmitchell.com