DAVID KROLL - New Paintings, June 7 - July 9, 2016.
As written by Michael Upchurch of The Seattle Times, “… this Seattle-based artist’s work is a delightfully fanciful exercise in artifice. In his most recent work, Kroll repeatedly organizes his natural-world details into highly mannered compositions that keep the viewer continually off-balance. Within the scope of a single painting, the subtlety with which his imagery seems to slip from still-life intimacies to rolling mountain landscape and sublime sky expanses spurs the viewer to think and see on two entirely different scales simultaneously – and sometimes even three or four, when there’s a painted vase in the picture. In short, there are world within worlds here, and the interaction between them is both playful and illuminating”.
David Kroll himself adds: “My intentions explore the paradoxical relationship between human culture and the natural world. … It is not my intention to create an accurate depiction of a particular creature or habitat, but to create an invented, imaginary moment touching upon man’s complicated, perplexing relationship with nature.”