GRIMM is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Dave McDermott (1974, Santa Cruz) in the Netherlands, titled: A Rake’s Progress.
The new paintings and sculptures of Dave McDermott in this exhibition demonstrate how art history has been a major source of inspiration for him. Recognizable are the elements from artworks from the modern masters like Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Hockney. Title and shape of this show refer to a series of paintings and etchings by the 18th century English artist William Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress. These series recount the story of the young man Tom Rakewell, a boy from the countryside who inherits a sum of money. He sets off for the big city, wastes his fortune on drinking, gambling and sex, and ends up in prison where he dies at a young age.
Dave McDermott’s work embodies his distinctive approach to painting, consistently seeking to enlarge the medium’s inherent boundaries and resisting easy categorization, while developing a recognizable visual vocabulary within its own pluralistic nature. At once painterly and sculptural, textural and figurative, his works balance a multiplicity of material and formal components to invoke the experience of order among fragmentary elements.
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by Thomas van Lier
by Scott Indrisek