Marking the opening of the exhibition Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release, the artist joins Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, for a conversation about his unique practice and the process of building the exhibition.
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About Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release
Enrico David (Italian, b. 1966) has distinguished himself as one of today’s most original artists, fashioning a universe of imagery that revolves around the human figure and its many states of being. Rendering the body as fragile, vulnerable, grotesque, tortured, and ecstatic, he uses a wide range of media, including sculpture, painting, installation, and works on paper, to achieve an encyclopedic yet extremely personal account of the human form.
The subtitle of the exhibition, Gradations of Slow Release, comes from a sculpture of the same name but also characterizes the circular process of this artist’s work, in which imagery and ideas slowly morph and evolve over time, guided by shared themes that find different but related forms. References to interiority, multiplicity, privacy, introspection, and disembodiment course through his works, which sometimes feel extremely contemporary in their expression and, at other times, appear archaic or timeless. The exhibition traces David’s works made over the past 20 years, revealing the interconnections in his body of work in an attempt to build an empathic relationship between the viewer and the objects he has created.
David lives and works in London and has exhibited around the world, including at Tate Modern and the Venice Biennale. His work is in the collection of the MCA, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Hammer Museum, and Tate Modern, among others. This exhibition is the first survey of the artist’s work in the United States.
The exhibition is organized by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator. It is presented in the Bergman Family Gallery on the museum’s second floor.