Saturday, 12 October 2013

Matthew Fisher / David Park

David Park
Two Bathers
oil on canvas
147,3 x 127 cm
Collection SFMOMA

The late works of David Park, who in 1960 died at only 59, are some of the strongest figurative and narrative paintings of 20th century American art. Park’s canvases contain an energy, light, and life that are expressed in both the subjects he painted and how he painted them. His use of oil paint, often applied in thick layers with frozen brushstrokes, physically and visually created the space in his paintings. But more interestingly, paint is not just a vehicle for Park to translate his narrative. Rather, it becomes as much a part of the story as it is his telling of that story.

As different as Park’s work is from mine, this idea of entangling the personalized way we paint with the making and reading of our images, is a shared love. For myself, the use of acrylic paint allows for a creation of colors, layers, edges, and textures that can only be made with acrylic paint. We don’t deny the inherent flatness of painting; instead, we use it to heighten our sense of depicted space. This flattening and creation, pushes the images and narrative into a realm of memory – they feel real because they were real. With each memory we relive, we rewrite it. The original moment looses definition while the new memory becomes more genuine. The distance from these authentic moments of truth, becomes our content. What you see, is what we remember. 
Matthew Fisher 2013

Matthew Fisher (US)
Young Man Luther
acrylic on canvas
30,5 x 25,4 cm

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