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Craig Krull Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404

April 11th, 2009 - May 16th, 2009
April 18th, 2009 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Santa Barbara, David BungayDavid Bungay, Santa Barbara,
2008, mixed media, bas relief, h: 10 x w: 53 x d: 3 in
© Craig Krull Gallery
santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 11-5:30

In 2007, David Bungay’s first exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery consisted of bold, rugged watercolors of the High Sierra and Wyoming that appear to be built or constructed in the manner of synthetic cubism or Marsden Hartley.  As the artist has stated, his paintings have a solid, elemental quality that comes from “making a reduction to deal with the complexity.”  The seascapes in his upcoming exhibition are equally forceful and direct.  The undulations of incoming waves are literally formed by three-dimensional shapes protruding from under the canvas.  The “rollers” are then painted with simple zebra stripes so that the wave is both concretized by its most fundamental patterns, as well as viscerally experienced through an actual swell on the canvas that even casts its own shadow.  The most striking aspect of these paintings though, is achieved in the arc shape at the bottom of the canvas that embodies the form of a shore-breaking wave.  Mounted below the wave is a combination of mirror, paint and pebbly shower door material that reflects light up into the wave creating not simply an illusion, but an actual light and space experience.  Bungay is unconventional and his work is always raw, unpretentious and gets to the crux of visual sensation.

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