GRIMM is proud to announce “The Power and Influence of Joseph Wiseman”, a new solo exhibition by Dave McDermott.
In his second solo show at the gallery, Dave McDermott deals with the relationship between free will and fate. McDermott presents a layered system of allegorical and metaphorical framing devices, weaving together references to Japanese Ukiyo-e paintings, old James Bond stories, board games, and Italian “dream cinema” as structures through which to investigate these themes.
In these instances of popular culture, the free will versus fate dynamic is simplified into a splitting of the human psyche into two parts; a hero representing free will and a villain representing a threatened and seemingly unavoidable fate. Observing that the opposing characters possess similar traits, the only real difference between the two being motivation, McDermott adopted and perverted this familiar model, basing his work on an imagined adaptation that is a story about making a story, specifically a version in which each character represented both free will and fate. The artist’s conceit includes hero’s, villains, femme fatales, etc, but also fabricated personas for actors who might play them, the theatre in which they might perform, and the interpersonal relationships that might arise if you erased the boundary between actor and character (the title is a reference to the actor who played the eponymous villain of the first James Bond movie Dr. No), or reality and fiction.
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Dave McDermott, Lehnt, 2013, Jute, linen, canvas, oil, yarn, oiled Nogal wood on panel, 25 x 21 inches; Courtesy of the Artist and GRIMM (FRANS HALSSTRAAT)
More on Dave McDermott (b. 1974, Santa Cruz, CA)
Dave McDermott obtained his BFA from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco (2004) and his Masters of Fine Arts at the Parsons School of Design in 2007. Dave McDermott was awarded residencies at Frans Masareel Centrum in Belgium (2008) and the Zabludowicz Collection in Sarvisalo, Finland (2010).
McDermott's paintings, drawings, and collages draw their imagery and ideas from historical material, documents, books, and ephemera. His enigmatic compositions of cultural signifiers and modernist aesthetics are at once elegant and evocative. The artist currently works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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[Image on top: Dave McDermott, F.F. (Direktor), 2013 , Oil on panel, 25 x 21 inches; Courtesy of the Artist and GRIMM (FRANS HALSSTRAAT)]