The Age of Treason
"The Age of Treason", Adrian Leverkuhn's second exhibition at Thomas Masters Gallery, is a collection of paintings centered around what he sees as the fraying certainties of our world. His concept stems partly from the so called "incompleteness theories" of mathematician Kurt Friedrich Gödel (1906-1978), and from Immanuel Kant's (1724-1804) writings on knowledge and truth. As with his previous work, he illustrates his ideas by translating them into the formal elements of his paintings; balance, focus, contrast, speed, tactility, scale, are all explored alongside the power of analogy and metaphor contained in the image of the human body. The sgraffito technique the artist has created specifically for his figures has evolved such that soft, bright lines building into the corner of a mouth compete alongside the deep indentations of the impasto. The extensive use of heavy white paint serves sometimes to censor, sometimes to illustrate incompleteness. The combined effect is a unique mix of tactility and light, inviting us to explore the paintings up close and at length.