Enrico David "Nerve Ending"

Michael Werner Gallery

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Michael Werner Gallery presents "Nerve Ending", an exhibition of new works by Enrico David. Widely exhibited in Europe, David's works are rarely seen in the United States. Nerve Ending is the artist's first solo exhibition in a New York gallery and coincides with his solo exhibition, Head Gas, currently on view at the New Museum.

Nerve Ending marks a dramatic shift in Enrico David's career, which spans nearly 20 years. David first rose to prominence as a "contemporary surrealist" whose grotesque and highly abstracted portraits, often rendered in monumental and lush embroidery, belied a cool ornamental detachment. His works in sculpture were similarly stylized, drawing on traditions of craft and theatrical display as much as modernism and folk art. In David's recent works, all appearances of ordered objectivity are discarded, revealing a sensibility steeped in the language of contingency, doubt and instability. The artist's creative process is a type of translation, whereby the ineffable and instinctual urge to create an image takes form in a variety of media - what the artist has described as the "nomadic default" of his work. Acknowledging the inadequacies of language, David's works assume a position of passive resistance against fixed meaning and facile comprehension.

For Nerve Ending, David's first exhibition at Michael Werner, the artist has created an entirely new body of work, including one of his most ambitious sculptures to date. The figures materializing in Nerve Ending emerge cautiously, hesitantly, at times fading into passages of abstraction and ornamental design, as if reluctantly present. The graphic elements at play in these works can reinforce or offset their profound psychological and emotional tenor. Hovering between resolution and dissolution, the liminal personae brought forth in Nerve Ending question our ingrained propensity for rational understanding. Ambiguous and disorientated, yet ultimately hopeful, they convey a powerful sense of will and the struggle to exist.

[Image: Enrico David "Bog-Piper" (2012) (detail). Copper, papier maché]



from March 08, 2012 to April 21, 2012


Enrico David

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