charcoal and gesso on canvas
From my new solo-exhibition “Janus”.
After spending 3 months in Los Angeles, walking around a city driven by cars, this body of work is an attempt to process the things seen on the streets.
From the tent and heroin flooded streets of Downtowns’ skid row, to the pristine beaches of Santa Monica, David was struck by the duality and the antagonism of this huge metropolis.
LA is a place where you see Lamborghinis parked next to a homeless’ shopping-cart. It is home to more than 50.000 homeless and 260.000 millionaires. You can drive from the mansion flooded hills of Hollywood and end up in South Central, a neighborhood struck by gang violence and poverty.
Facing these dualities, Davids artistic approach also changed. Focusing on painting in the streets, where art becomes accessible for everyone, led to a strict black and white palette, giving the artist the chance to focus on form, composition and subject, while being fast.
For „Janus“ David tried to translate this approach to his studio-work, referencing iphone snapshots, film-stills and found footage.