Dan McCleary: Panel Discussion and Other Work
According to Christopher Knight at the Los Angeles Times, Dan McCleary paints with, “a clear-eyed sense of gravity that recalls the likes of Piero della Francesca.” McCleary, however, applies his sense of classical composition to seemingly banal contemporary moments, such as a solitary figure sitting in a coffee shop with a foam cup and a red plastic stir stick, or a man in pajamas weighing himself on a bathroom scale. He deals in restraint, and says, “I don’t like to show too much. It’s so much better when things are reserved.” On February 26th, Craig Krull Gallery will present a new 6.5 x 13.5’ mural entitled Panel Discussion. After having completed an even larger mural entitled American Jury, which was commissioned for the Las Cruces Federal Court House in New Mexico, McCleary felt empowered to attempt another large-scale work. Panel Discussiondepicts six panelists seated (and one standing) behind a long table draped in white linen, with water pitchers, notes, books and laptops. The viewer is part of the audience that the panel has come to address. The formal structure and Renaissance balance of this painting was inspired byAndrea del Sarto’s fresco, The Last Supper, which McCleary recently viewed in Florence. The exhibition will also include a number of preparatory drawings and paintings.