Continuing in his rural surrealist vein, Nakabayashi's modestly-sized oil and acrylic canvasses are exploded American road narratives.
Anonymous places and individuals are rendered with exquisite specificity in bizarre juxtapositions. The acrylic paint provides highly textured abstract backdrops for realistic rural and/or industrial landscapes and mundane human activities, but nothing here feels belittled. Nakabayashi gives us a celebratory, often hallucinatory, view of middle-America.
(The trip began in Ohio - January 2008, to be specific - where a car accident temporarily stranded him.)
(Image: David Nakabayashi, Better Betty, 2010, oil and acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches; FrozenRiver, 10 x 10 inches , oil and acrylic on canvas , 2009; Courtesy of the Artist and Box Gallery)