June 02 - July 23, 2016
David Rathman: Somewhere Between
Night time transitory, beckoning, threatening, lucid & hallucinatory, illuminated, wonderful, enchanting, exciting and long.
Willie says in that song "There's a window I can't see through" and I feel that.
Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of 19 new ink and watercolor paintings on canvas by Minnesota-based and nationally exhibited artist, David Rathman. This will be Rathman's third exhibition in Minneapolis with the Weinstein Gallery.
In addition to being a talented and ambitious painter, David Rathman is a storyteller. In Weinstein Gallery's upcoming exhibition, Somewhere Between, the imagery has a complex, sometimes melancholic, narrative that borders on cinematic. Rathman is setting his scenes at night, a longstanding painting tradition practiced by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Andrew Wyeth, and Edward Hopper, to name a few. Rathman paints scenes of desolate landscapes punctuated by lone figures, a semi truck barreling down the highway, the exteriors and interiors of small-town run-down bars, and skies exploding with fireworks above nighttime revelers. Kris Douglas of the Rochester Art Center writes about his paintings as fractured narratives, "a singular, crucial moment of action in an otherwise protracted story that has been gradually unfolding out of view."
With this new body of work, David has evolved from his earlier painting style that emphasized minimalism though the use of positive and negative space to a more painterly and expressive technique. Rathman says, "Watercolor and ink is action painting; there is a fair amount of tension and surprise if you let it go and do its thing. You bring in very specific imagery and content, but the medium has a way of transforming that in a hurry. It's very alive on the paper."
David Rathman lives and works in Minneapolis. A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, he was the recipient of a Bush Foundation fellowship in 1992, McKnight Foundation Fellowships in 1993 and 2000, and a Minnesota Book Award in 2000. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and his work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, amongst others.