ARTSY FEATURE: The Solo Show as Group Portrait: David Klamen’s Multifarious Paintings – by David Pagel

Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to present “Multifarious Paintings” an exhibition of paintings by artist, David Klamen, opening today. Marking the artist’s first solo online exhibition, this recent body of work showcases Klamen’s newest paintings of paintings. In these works, the artist further investigates the nature, source, and limits of knowledge by undermining the foundation of our empirical experience: our sense of sight. In each new painting, Klamen radically re-invents famous paintings from the pre-modern and modern era, overlapping seemingly incompatible artistic visions as a metaphor for our phenomenological search for meaning.

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David Klamen, “Blue Meta-Painting” (2016) – 24 elements, oil on canvas, dimensions variable

According to Plato’s concept of forms, the world that we know through our senses often deceives us by way of subjective images. Klamen’s multi-canvas installation, “Meta-Paintings” (2016), elaborates on this concept by presenting well-known works of art in a re-contextualized space, highlighting the deception of each image through masterful illusion and imagination. In these twenty-five smaller paintings, Klamen presents an installation that playfully mimics a salon style hanging. The diagonal slopes created by the various slanting paintings suggest a cubist bas-relief that compresses art historical time periods and physical space. As is the case with nearly all of his paintings, each iconic artwork (as well as its frame, and oftentimes wall label) is meticulously rendered as a representation of a representation, moving further and further from its archetypal form—pointing to a distortion of reality already present in the original image. To further complicate the simulacrum, Klamen plays with the viewer’s perception by drastically altering the perspective of the painting, tilting the work at an oblique angle within his own canvas. In his “remixes,” Klamen manipulates images from the art historical canon by warping then into optical oscillations full of contingencies and surprises. The psychedelic result suggests a disoriented ocular state that hints at the malleable nature of our reality—a reality that relies heavily on the conviction of our individual experiences.

This special presentation can be viewed at the following link:

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