Jiwar - Exhibit of latest paintings
Washington, DC 20003,
My two most recent paintings, very large scale paintings are on view at The Fridge, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Both works are 6' x 25', in 10 panels each. "Conference of the Birds II," which also operates as the backdrop to the set for my play White Noise (which will be performed in the gallery June 8-10) explores the interior experience of the searcher, one who looks for ultimate meaning. The piece also represents mindset of the main character of the play, "Tim," as he brings faith to others, while losing faith in himself and God. "Conference of the Birds II" is visually inspired by the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. I spoke of this influence at the Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C. in November, 2011, as part of the "Under the Influence" program in conjunction with their "30 American Artists" exhibit.
The other painting, "Jiwar" (it means "neighborhood" in Arabic) is an extension of the first work. Looking even deeper into the search for meaning, it visually proposes that there is simply a "?" at the heart of being, and not any ultimate answer to be found. Visually, it was inspired by the "neighborhood" of odd characters created by the great Flemish painters, Jan Breughal and Heironymous Bosch.
The opening will be Saturday, June 2, 7-11 pm.