Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present, in the front gallery at 154 Smart Clothes, “Unwound,” new works by Brad Woodfin.
In “Unwound,” Brad Woodfin explores the end of cycles, the moment in time when one realizes that not all things are circular, and in fact many simply break and fall apart. Each of his animal subjects was chosen for a specific reason much the same way a portrait painter selects human subjects. A look in the eye or a tragic story can draw Woodfin to a creature. Some are bound together by cruel fates or impending dooms. Some stand in horror at the fate of others. Some are pollinators. Others have simply lost their will. But all of Woodfin’s magnificently rendered creatures delicately emerge from a deep black background, barely breaking the glossy surface shadow, existing in a no man’s land between darkness and light, mystery and revelation, power and vulnerability. “Unwound” is both a mournful celebration of the majesty of the animal world and a somber reminder of our human responsibility to care for and respect those who are, unfortunately, at our mercy.
Brad Woodfin was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1970. He headed west in 1991 and eventually studied printmaking and painting at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. “Unwound” is Woodfin’s second solo show with Sloan Fine Art. Brad Woodfin lives in and works in Montréal, Québec.