David Rathman “Up To You, Down To Me”

Morgan Lehman Gallery

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Morgan Lehman presents Up To You, Down To Me, David Rathman’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition presents Rathman’s latest series of paintings and works on paper, which continue his exploration of everyday objects and experiences, and the stories they tell.

Rathman makes paintings that impart subjective, personal scenarios. They depict brief narratives extracted from larger stories. Despite largely monochromatic palettes and modestly scaled works, his skill with watercolor results in dramatic atmospheric landscapes that create vivid and poignant vignettes. Rathman resonates with de Kooning’s notion of “slipping glimpses”; the idea that there is beauty and meaning to be found in our ordinary day-to-day life and surroundings.

Rathman’s paintings of forlorn basketball hoops, junked cars, cowboys, and rock ‘n roll detritus are animated by his belief that “all objects, spaces, and people are connected to great amounts of energy.” Rathman has focused his efforts in this series on expressing those energies, and to conveying the vulnerability and possibilities to be found in these iconic American images.



from November 20, 2014 to December 23, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-11-20 from 18:00 to 20:00


David Rathman

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