In his new exhibition, Hello Darkness My Old Friend, Davin Watne presents two bodies of work that explore the concept of darkness - both the physical absence of natural light and the feeling of deep foreboding. Darkness is explored as an emotional state, a physical space, and a cultural signifier.
“There seems to be a nervous uncertainty about the future during this time of recovery. Our collective defenses are down as we have come to terms with our incredible nakedness toward the forces of circumstance. We commune once again with the wisdom that darkness holds. We try our best to decrypt its messages. Only when our eyes adjust and our pupils widen do we see what we need to move forward.” - Davin Watne
The first series located in the northeast gallery examines contemporary news media. Through many painted layers, Watne recreates fractured news studio interiors and depicts cable news personalities engaging in salacious behaviors. His paintings revel in the fabricated reality that the news space engenders. These narratives take the "news" to its logical endpoint of violent implosion. This experience is explored by employing the slow medium of painting. His labor-intensive process negotiates time by re-presenting the continually pregnant moment of the news feed.
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