John David Forsgren
Antithesis of Language

New Work
February 7 - March 30, 2019

First Thursday Reception: February 7, 6 - 8 pm

Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 19, 6 pm

The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Antithesis of Language, new artworks by John David Forsgren. The exhibition title references Forgsren’s interest in subverting structure in favor of visceral expression. The show marks the gallery's first solo presentation of the artist's large-scale abstractions.

John David Forsgren’s unique art making process begins before the canvas is stretched onto its wooden frame and marks are created through a combination of physicality, gravity and intuition. The artist first texturizes the fabric through a process of washing, air-drying, and ironing. He then applies India ink and guides the liquid by lifting and flipping the raw canvas in different directions so that the puddled accumulations of obsidian-colored liquid lines cling to crumples, creases and indentations.

Forsgren considers his instinctive process more akin to drawing than painting although the resulting marks possess the characteristic liquidity of paint. Expressive bold black shapes and intricate webs of interconnected lines are infused with a kinesthetic energy that stimulates the imagination and evokes the process of their creation.


Exhibiting Images:


10.1.18
India ink on canvas
2018
69 x 51 inches

 
9.20.18.1
India ink on canvas
2018
67 x 47 inches

 
11.16.18
India ink on canvas
2018
67 x 48 inches

 
8.24.18.2
India ink on canvas
2018
70 x 56 inches

 
12.11.18.1
India ink on canvas
2018
68 x 66 inches

 
10.16.18.2
India ink on canvas
2018
69 x 69 inches

 
8.30.18.1
India ink on canvas
2018
68 x 66 inches

 
8.29.18.2
India ink on canvas
2018
50 x 49 inches

 
8.29.18.1
India ink on canvas
2018
50 x 49 inches

 
10.13.18.1
India ink on canvas
2018
50 x 49 inches

 
9.12.18.1
India ink on canvas
2018
47 x 47 inches

 
9.13.18.2
India ink on canvas
2018
47 x 47 inches

 
8.24.18.1
India ink on canvas
2018
50 x 49 inches

  10.2.18
9.20.18.2
India ink on canvas
2018
48 x 46 inches

 
9.14.18
India ink on canvas
2018
69.5 x 65.5 inches