Thierry-Goldberg Gallery is pleased to present THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE\, the first New York solo exhibition of Dave McDer mott.

Using William James’ book The Varieties of Religious Experience as a point of departure\, McDermott selected passages or ph rases from the text that suggested to him a direction of their own\, and fo llowed each course to it’s conclusion\, resulting in a subtle\, delightfull y cryptic series of paintings\, drawings and collages.

In T he Varieties of Religious Experience\, McDermott continues his ongoing visual exploration of detachment as subject\, and a feeling of enigmatic d etachment certainly guides the works in the exhibition. But this sensation is matched by a strong sense of order that guides the viewer from one work to the next. Dark\, quiet still life flower paintings give way to collages that vacillate between surreal deconstructions of form and dark humour. In the several “yarn paintings” that are included in the exhibition\, we see v arious forms placed within a black expanse that echoes a dark stage\, the d iverse array of figures\, shapes and symbols grouped together on the pictur e plane\, emphasizing relationships of play and conundrum\, offering us jus t enough to begin drawing inferences while intentionally holding something back. We are left not with a didactic exposition of ideals\, but an assembl y of sensations\, all related but none explained.

This built-in ambiguity is central to McDermott’s practice. Drawing on modernist aesthet ics of art\, design\, and literature (the artist has cited Matisse\, Guston \, Paul Rand and Raymond Roussel as influences) McDermott seeks to create w orks where the limits of perception are foregrounded. In the collages\, “Eu ropean Diary” or “Woman (comic)”— a partially obfuscated woman in the latte r and a fragment of an old man being somehow titillated in the former — are remainders of “stories” that are hidden away or covered up by overlapping visuals that reassign emphasis within each piece. Whatever the image\, ther e is always a sense that something may be untold.

Dave McDermo tt (b. 1974\, Santa Cruz\, CA) lives and works in Brooklyn. He holds a Mast er’s in Fine Art from the Parsons School of Design in New York\, and a BFA from The Academy of Art University\, San Francisco\, CA. He has previously had solo exhibitions at Grimm\, Amsterdam\, Duve\, Berlin\, and Twig\, Brus sels. Group exhibitions include Thierry Goldberg Gallery\; Room East\; Andr e Schlechtriem\; and On Stellar Rays – all in New York.

LOCATION:Thierry Goldberg Gallery\,103 Norfolk Street \nNew York\, NY 10002 US SUMMARY:The Varieties of Religious Experience \, Dave McDermott END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR