Mark Dutcher’s solo exhibition, Time Machine, currently at the new Jason Vass Gallery, includes his complete Time Machine series of ten paintings as well as his Optimist Benches. The paintings, primarily in shades of white, are beautifully balanced by the brightly colored benches, which are meant to be used for contemplating the work on the walls.
From the press release-
Encouraged by the physical immediacy of painting and by its mnemonic capacity to invoke nostalgia, Dutcher began the Time Machine series in 2012 with a desire to capture and revisit enduring past impressions. The series began with an attempt to represent a pivotal moment in his development as an artist, when, in 1983, viewing an abstract painting by Susan Rothenberg at LACMA he experienced a profound shift and consolidation of purpose. Dutcher wanted to return to that specific moment in time, to capture the feeling of that day through an intuitive approach to abstraction. He went on to create nine additional paintings in the series, each in search of the conversion and representation of a fleeting memory. By revisiting these impressions, Dutcher literally recreates a personal history through emotive recall, visually incorporating fragments of text, (sometimes song lyrics or friends and lovers’ names specific to the time), painterly gestures, and physical remnants of time spent in the studio to convey sensorial memories. Dutcher’s tributes to the past are both celebratory and melancholic, as each commemoration inevitably carries its weight in loss.
Also included in the exhibition is a painting from Dutcher’s Hart Crane series and six smaller works on paper from the Time Machine series.
This show closes on 3/12/16.