December 24, 2011
Art LTD, December 24, 2011
Jon Carver

Art LTD, December 24, 2011
Jon Carver

David Solomon's super quirky paintings just got even better. Maybe it's new aerodynamic aluminum supports. Maybe this new plateau is just as inevitable result of dedication, action and praxis. Maybe his amorous world is on an upswing, or his heart has been dashed to the rocks. Whatever it is and for whatever reason, he's in full swing, full stream ahead, and it all bodies well.

While Solomon's paintings have long exhibited a disarming sense of vulnerability, plumbing strange depths and emo-spaces one isn't used to seeing exposed, this time out they also have a new structural integrity and an interplay with volumetric illusion that wasn't as evident in the flatter, more graphic pieces of the past. Indeed, the artist's change of support to lightweight aluminum panels seems to be somewhat responsible for the success of the new, richer paint surfaces. Yet this technical shift can only count as catalyst, as Solomon's paint handling has also become looser, more experiment, and more varied in application and mark than previously. He had gained a new sense of authority and a vaster range of colors and forms. The grand "holidays" upon the glazed aluminum surfaces that lend a slight iridescence to many of his abstract icons are mystically appealing as any Byzantine gold leaf ground. Solomon continues to map inner territories of the imagination through an idiosyncratic synthesis of figurative inferences and abstract expression. A reoccurring blimp-like form, diagrammed in acid orange plays a prominent role in a few of the works here to great success, recalling certain mysterious shapes in the work of Terry Winters. Complications Arise, Beauty Persists employs the odd schematic football-fruit and more than lives up to it's name. The form is echoed again in the spooky magnificence of Midnight Dreaming or Anti-Dream. With a similar commitment to surreal titles, Solomon primarily produces a bright, chromatic, update on the biomorphic automatism practiced by artists like Joan Miro and Hans Arp. The strength of these new works is a testament to David Solomon's extremely open mind, fertile imagination, and new painterly power.

Jon Carver

Art LTD, December 24, 2011
Jon Carver

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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