McCaig Welles and Rosenthal presents
In The Darkest Night
Opening Reception: Friday, October 10, 2008, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
On View: October 10 – November 10, 2008
(Brooklyn, NY – September 2008) -
McCaig Welles and Rosenthal Gallery is pleased to present In The Darkest Night, a solo exhibition of new works on canvas, wood and paper by the artist Travis Lindquist.
Fresh from the successful Goldmine Shithouse exhibition at McCaig Welles and Rosenthal’s new San Francisco location, Lindquist’s emerges with a macabre new collection of mixed media works that delve into the dark recesses of the human condition, exploring his subject’s surrealistic identities. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, October 10, 2008 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the exhibition on view through November 10, 2008.
For In The Darkest Night, Lindquist has created his own iconography and visual language, reinterpreting rogue leaders, creating haunting, otherworldly portraits. These depictions of anarchists, free masons, cult leaders and followers prompt the viewer to question their mysterious identities.
The inherent nature of the human spirit – the duality of good versus evil, light versus dark – is unearthed through subject matter and formalist elements. Lindquist’s portraits are deeply layered with a shadowy air, expressive brush strokes, and overlaying text. A notably darker palette lends itself to the true nature of his subjects; guarded, distant, yet delicate. Some figures, many with striking and conspicuous stares, allude to a romanticized, heroic version of themselves amidst the reality of their bleak existence.
Spontaneously drawn to vintage photography books and Russian film stills at various thrift stores, Lindquist found these seemingly vacuous faces intriguing. With a strong desire to expose the anonymity of their identities, Lindquist deconstructs the original imagery and rebuilds through textured media and application of paint in order to transcend his subjects’ cryptic nature. In some works the artist projects his own stream-of-consciousness and observations through random scrawling on his portraits.
In The Darkest Night draws inspiration specifically from notable Russian film stills including Kaline and the Eagle, Lonely Song Bird, and obscure European song lyrics. His technique also recalls ancient illuminated manuscripts and German Expressionist woodcuts.
Travis Lindquist recently moved from New York City to Los Angeles, where he now currently lives and works. He received a` diploma from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts, in Boston, Massachusetts. He has exhibited in New York, London, Miami, Berlin, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Stockholm. This is Lindquist’s second solo show with McCaig Welles and Rosenthal.