Art can be complicated in this day and age. Just walk into any contemporary exhibit and instantly you feel a wave of both intrigue and utter confusion. You tilt your head sideways and squint, hoping that maybe that will help explain why there is a wind up pig running into the wall. “Ah of course. A blind pig!” you mutter to yourself as you walk away triumphantly, only to realize moments later that your interpretation is equivalent to the nutritional content of a Dorito chip. Suddenly you feel like the blind pig running into the wall a.k.a. the art world, desperately trying to get in but can’t find the entrance.
Although I do appreciate art that makes me think, sometimes you just want art that takes you somewhere that doesn’t require a plane ticket. Haven’t had a chance to visit the Grand Canyon yet for instance? Well David Thomas, the new Revolver artist at UFORGE, has brought the majesty and mystery of the canyons right to your door in Jamaica Plain. The beauty of this particular collection, that is 10 years in the making, is how incredibly transcendent and meditative it is. He doesn’t simply represent canyons; he captures the essence of them. The warm desert tones, undulating lines, and suede texture will have you staring in front of one of his paintings for hours.
Be sure not to miss Canyon Passages and prepare to have your mind be taken on a journey to the center of the Southwestern U.S. On view through February 10th.