Darren Waterston: Representing the Invisible

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Charta, 2007 - Art - 125 pages
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Darren Waterston's somber but sexy paintings layer curvy, organic forms over strong colors in alluring riffs on the language of landscape. As abstract works with a visceral physicality, they evoke a sense of place without geographic reference. Their night-sky blues, mist grays and blood reds are dotted with disorienting arrays of starry pinpoints, bubbles, ripples and rays. Perhaps because his work could offer a window to anywhere--deep space, your backyard, or your synapses--it works at any scale. His most recent mural project, Was and Is Not and Is to Come,for the San Jose Contemporary Art Center, was his largest to date, expanding over 150 feet and taking two weeks to execute. Waterston has exhibited internationally, is included in permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the de Young Museum, and has been covered in ArtNews, Art in America, GQ,, the Los Angeles Timesand the New York Times.

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About the author (2007)

Jacquelynn Baas is director emeritus of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She previously served as director of the Hood Museum of Art and is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous publications.

Timothy Anglin Burgard is the Ednah Root Curator in Charge of the American Art Department at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His previous curatorial positions were at the Harvard University Art Museums and the New-York Historical Society. Among his many publications are "The Surreal World of Enrico Donati", "The Art of Dale Chihuly", and "Body of Work: The Art of Al Farrow". He is a recipient of the Silver Medal of the Royal Society of Arts in London.

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