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Opening Today: DAVID KLAMEN: Index, Icon, Margin – An Exclusive ARTSY Online Exhibition 

David Klamen
Untitled, 2001
Watercolor on Paper
10 × 13 in / 25.4 × 33 cm

DAVID KLAMEN: Index, Icon, Margin – An Exclusive ARTSY Online Exhibition from @MMooreGallery


David Klamen (American, b.1961) is a contemporary painter whose work grows in conjunction with his interest in philosophy and scholarship, centralized around the questions,”How do I know what I know?” and “How do I know myself?” Klamen paints figuratively and abstractly, sometimes combining the two by incorporating geometric lines or patterns atop his high finished landscapes. His current paintings test epistemological strategies as diverse as OP Art (and its implication that knowledge may be a purely retinal experience), empiricism (the idea that the sole source of knowledge is direct quantifiable experience), introspection, and others. In this investigation, Klamen plays with the history of art, utilizing modern and pre-modern conventions as metaphors for our communal search for meaning.

“David Klamen brings us to the ambiguous edges of various systems of signs. Inspired by the ideas of Charles Saunders Peirce, he examines the way watercolor and ink can both iconically depict a landscape, tree, or merely space, and indexically record the touch of the brush and the bleeding of ink on paper. In this body of work, sets of images refer to landscapes, barcodes, and art history, particularly op-art, color-field, and nineteenth century painting. In the cross-referencing of these sets, we recognize the complex, coded language of painting, for example, the precise denotation of the barcode flirts with the highly modernist, non-objective stripes. The conventions of landscape painting, another older language, are seen as patterns too, codes for us to scan. While we contemplate these signs, we notice the sense of touch in them, their tactility, their physical presence. Perhaps this is ultimately their connective and communicative power”. – Timothy van Laar (author / art critic / historian)

Klamen earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1983 and his Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting at the School of the Art Institute in 1985. He is currently is a Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Northwest. Klamen is represented in the following public collections (to name but a few): Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; The Searle Collection of Contemporary Art, Chicago; University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Elmhurst Art Museum; and the Berkeley Art Museum.

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PREVIEWED – Michael Batty: Then and Now – A Survey Of Recent Cut Line Abstraction Works

Michael Batty: Then and Now – A Survey Of Recent Cut Line Abstraction Works

An Exclusive ARTSY Online Exhibition February 17 – May 8, 2022


Michael Batty is a painter and a printmaker that operates with a formal language arising from a microcosm of the particle world. The minimalist pieces speak with geometry and line, and explores the balance between order and chaos by introducing random elements to the tightly rendered surfaces.

The artists builds up a webbed network of intersecting lines by cutting into the surface of the painting with a knife; creating thin ridges and minute grooves. The incised lines catch and divert the paint, creating a random ground of pigment with a shifting depth of colour to create quantum imagery. 

In these works, the artistic creation is an open-ended play of traces in which the work gives up to a new kind of beauty, one that is mobile and elusive. Each image with its cicatrix seems to deal with the physical world, but give no easy name to their places.

In a poststructuralist mode, using a non-traditional tool of a knife rather than a brush, Batty explores a tension, juxtaposing the hard edge of the knife with the soft flow of the paint, evoking a sense of infinity.

Also detectable in the work is a similar sensibility to the work of the Futurists, in their attempt to capture movement depicting it so as to convey a sense of dynamism of the contemporary world. These works allow the artist to remain open to the effects of chance, thereby facing his void – activating it with incisions that now mark him, as much as the work he produces. This discovery process is ongoing and non-linear. One edits only to find that the trace of what has been erased has reappeared, indeed, given rise to the eternal return. 

Batty graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1989 with a major in painting. He attended the renowned artist workshops in Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, and studied printmaking at The Art Institute at Capilano College in Vancouver. Batty’s paintings can be found in collections around the world, including the Waldorf Astoria in Beijing, China, W Guangzhou, China, Four Seasons, Dubai, UAE, and Bank of Montreal in Calgary and Toronto.

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