Mar 8th 2013

Zolla/Lieberman Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by David Kroll. This will be the artist’s ninth solo exhibition with the gallery. “Recent Paintings” will open on March 8 and run through April 13, 2013. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 8 from 5:00 until 7:30pm.

“Recent Paintings” showcases Kroll’s latest work in an ongoing series focused on combining elements drawn from America’s early landscape paintings and traditional still life. While immediately elegant, Kroll’s paintings are not simply concerned with the celebration of beautiful man-made objects and the wonders of nature; they also reference our complex relationship with the present state of the environment. The items that reflect a human touch—decorative vases, strings of pearls, and panes of glass—are painted just as meticulously and lovingly as the small nests of twigs and rows of carefully arranged eggs. The aesthetic allure and fragility of the timeless natural elements are echoed in the modern commodities; their joint presence in the forefront of the image points to a delicate balance between the tranquil fantasy pictured and the possibility of imminent destruction. Through the lens of a single gorgeous moment, a tension involving coexistence and longing emerges, and Kroll draws on this subtle unease to connect with the viewer through the power of landscape, the interdependent web of life, and the idea of nature itself.

David Kroll lives and works on Vashon Island in Washington. Recent group exhibitions from 2012 include Eastern Traditions-Western Expressions, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; New Art For The New Century, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI; and Earth Matters, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA. He received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986.

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30pm; Saturday 11-5:30pm

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Landscape and Two Vases    oil on linen    48 x 58    2013