Exhibition for Artists David Dornan and Seth Fairweather at Coda Gallery on El Paseo in Palm Desert
Please join us FRIDAY, DEC 7, 5-8 PM
Opening reception for the Artists DAVID DORNAN and SETH FAIRWEATHER
On view DEC 7 – 28, 2018
CODA Gallery opened on El Paseo 32 years ago with an exhibition featuring paintings by David Dornan. The gallery presents his latest works in an exhibition running Dec. 7-28, and the Utah artist will attend the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend.
David Dornan’s goal is to inspire people to “look around and see what’s right there rather than go off in search of beauty. I am interested in providing an outlet for the unnoticed,” he says.
Residing in the small town of Helper, Utah, David turns his talent to objects that people don’t expect to be the subject of a painting — perhaps something as mundane as a roll of wire. One of his first paintings had its genesis on a rainy day when he pulled off his boots and set them on a table.
“I don’t search very far for my subjects,” he notes. Indeed, his oil paintings often include what he calls the “detritus” of his studio: used paint cans and brushes. Recent work includes paintings within paintings, so that the viewer is “in the studio looking at the painting being created.”
“I am fascinated with the process of making paint behave,” David says. “I like to let the painting be out of control and bring it back under control. My objects become ultimately ‘real,’ but I am very concerned that the viewer get a sense of the integrity of the materials.”
He typically paints from reference photographs, in part because he is working on 20 to 25 canvases at a time, but also for practical purposes — for example, when the subjects are sunflowers and roses he has nurtured in his own yard.
Above the prestige of having noteworthy collectors and winning awards and grants, David recollects the kind of moment he considers more important.
“Years ago, a farmer from Nebraska who had never bought a painting purchased one I did of a paint can. He said it reminded him of his dad. It feels good when my work is a springboard for someone’s spirit, like it is for mine.”
CODA Gallery presents a new exhibition of works by glass artist Seth Fairweather, who will attend the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend. The exhibition runs through Dec. 28.
While you may view Seth Fairweather’s work solely on aesthetic grounds, to do so would be to miss a deeper appreciation. Yes, he masters blowing and casting glass into shapes of pure beauty, but he also marries glass forms (including heads and torsos) with metals and ceramics to create sculptures with profound meaning.
“My work deals with solitude,” he says. “My interest is in creating an object that houses within it a space for the viewer to explore — to lose him- or herself and disconnect from their surrounds.”
In 2007, Seth graduated magna cum laude in sculpture and three-dimensional studies from Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics School of Art and Design and in 2010 acquired his master of fine arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.
As his level of precision has advanced over the years, he has injected more fluidity into his process.
“My work has gotten more organic within the mainframe of my style,” he says. “I still have high standards of craftsmanship, but I am allowing more looseness into what I am making than I ever would have allowed before. I was a lot more controlling to make up for a lack of technical ability.”
Seth finds the physical toll on his body to be the most difficult aspect of his creations.
“The weight and the torque tear you up. Even a 20-pound piece feels like 60 or 70 pounds because it’s on the end of a stick. And molds to be loaded into a kiln can weigh 500 pounds,” he says.
Still, he affirms, he doesn’t need to be inspired by something particular to continue doing what he loves.
“All I really want to do is make art,” he says.