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DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition
by Darren Waterston\, Remote Futures. This recent body of work explores the
allure and menace of utopian fantasy\, where an imagined\, idealized parad
ise holds within it a disconcerting future.
Waterston has ofte n engaged with mythological\, theological\, and natural histories while pro posing visual depictions of the ineffable that transcend the picture plane. In Remote Futures\, there is evidence of human life in the fragments of ar chitecture—temples\, cathedrals\, ziggurats\, bridges—that emerge from the organic detritus. These scenes evoke places of refuge\, offering an escape from the processes of time and mortality. For Waterston\, however\, utopian potential is untenable as such. With abstracted elements that are both cor poreal and celestial\, Waterston’s scenes become simultaneously Edenic and dystopian.
Waterston’s formal approach complements his themati c interest in divergence. His painterly technique is drawn from both the It alian Renaissance—he layers oils and viscous glazes over gessoed wood panel s—and traditional Japanese painting methods such as calligraphic brushwork. These moments of technical precision\, however\, are no sooner perceived t han they are obscured. The resulting ethereal visions evoke both distant pa sts and fantastical futures.
Darren Waterston lives and works in New York\, NY. His work is featured in permanent collections including L os Angeles County Museum of Art\, CA\; Seattle Art Museum\, WA\; and Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\, TX. Waterston’s upcoming projects include an edit ioned\, large-format print portfolio commissioned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco\, to be published in conjunction with an exhibition in May 2013. MASS MoCA will also host a major installation by Waterston in the fa ll of 2013.