Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
David Rohn: Watercolors, a gallery-wide exhibition of paintings spanning over four decades. An artist opening reception will take place Saturday, April 27, 5 to 7 p.m., and the gallery will host an artist talk May 18, 5 p.m.
Rohn’s watercolors come from a deep sensitivity to the structure of a painting: its formal, architectural structure based on shapes, color and spatial relationships. He believes “the learning of art is a very intriguing thing in itself. A wonderful thing about a painting is that it is all there, all the time. The parts are in perpetual conversation with each other, they form alliances with other parts, patterns, symmetries, currents of energy and dissolve into the whole. Unlike the other arts, it is outside of time, not sequential. It does not require that the recipient try to match its metabolism.”
The majority of watercolors in the exhibit are still lifes, deceptively simple, created from common materials and objects shuffled about in his studio or which have landed on a kitchen shelf or windowsill, never pre-arranged. A David Rohn watercolor painting shifts our sensibilities to where ordinary becomes elegant. We move through space in a new way. That’s what art does, and Rohn leads us to that place.
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