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David Kapp
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
435 S Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM 87501
October 26, 2012 - November 23, 2012

Watchlist Artist: David Kapp

A solo exhibition by David Kapp will be on view at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art from 26th Oct. 2012 till 23rd Nov. 2012.

The worlds of New York and Los Angeles are seemingly very different from each other, and yet, in David Kapp’s paintings, both worlds shimmer with buildings and cars, bicycles and pedestrians, all moving in a vibrant juxtaposition of color. Kapp paints an illusion of experience; his paintings are representational and graphic with the primary focus being a description of movement though space. In today’s world, so much of life is organized by our car culture. City streets are still populated by pedestrians and cyclists, but it is the car that determines the structure and design of many of today’s cities. Kapp paints pedestrians, trains and the automotive ribbons of energy; it is this pictorial movement through space that expresses the pulse of life in the City.

The paintings can be seen as portraits of our time particularly because of our fascination with the car culture. Kapp records a moment in the rush of the city and creates the feeling of speed with the velocity of his brushstrokes. It’s as if he draws us into a chaotic world and makes order of it by suspending the ceaseless activity of commerce and urban life.

(text source: Zane Bennett Contemporary Art)

David Kapp, California Cyclist, 2011-2012, Oil on Linen, 96" x 78"; Courtesy of the artist and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art.


More on David Kapp (b. 1953, New York)

David Kapp's paintings continue to reflect a strong interest in the urban landscape. His subject is no longer limited to automobile traffic and birds-eye views of streets and buildings. He has added paintings of crowds and the human figure in motion.

Using his body as a tool, measure, and filter, Kapp paints the forms of movement found in the urban landscape. The cityscape here as subject matter is a pretext. Through response to and representation of his immediate environment, Kapp treats his body as a filter, allowing the patterns, speeds, and spatial relationships of New York City to seep through his body and onto the painted surface. Rather than investigating the psychology or personal narrative of the city life, Kapp's use of cityscape exemplifies a key property of all scenes, environments, and societies: the accidental, incongruent, and yet harmonious relationships of movement. Kapp's subject matter acts as a metaphor for painting itself.

(text source: Zane Bennett Contemporary Art)

Education: MFA, Queens College, New York, 1977. BFA, Windham College, Putney, VT, 1974


For further information...(ArtSlant Profile) (Artist's Website) (Galleries: Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Tibor de Nagy Gallery)

(Image on top: David Kapp, Canal Street Early Morning, 2005-2009, oil on paper, 20 x 19 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art.)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/25/12 | tags: figurative

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