Next month's exhibition showcases the talent of local artist and educator Nate Weikert in a collection of oil paintings on canvas or linen, and graphite drawings with gouache on paper. The two types of media both work to articulate a series which uses a neutral, grayscale palette to fragment, simplify, and obscure the subject matter.
In many of the paintings Weikert appropriates portrait-style imagery of individuals from history and culture onto a blurred and diffused surface. The already coded subjects become even more disembodied and cold, reflecting the numb and often oversimplified feelings we tend to draw from serious subject matter once it has been over publicized and marketed by the media.
The drawings combined with gouache are large and dramatic, with a distinct black on white palette. Many of them in the exhibition will hang clean and unframed against the warm wood and carpeted walls, creating a perfect silhouette for the clean, crisp paper and the figures represented thereupon. Deftly rendered lower limbs are portrayed in muscular movements or stances, but are immediately halted by abstract black shapes that appear where the eye expects a torso, arms, and a head. The images are immediately stilled by this juxtaposition, and the viewer gains a pleasant confusion in trying to decipher the origin of the black voided gouache shapes.
Join us Final Friday to mingle, nosh, and meet the artist Nate Weikert. Visit Facebook for updates about this and other exhibitions at 1305 Gallery.