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David Eckard: Locus

Chambers, Portland OR – through Feb 24

David Eckard - Stanza (Carnac Alignment) (2006), charcoal and latex paint on panel [Chambers, Portland OR, through Feb 24]


David Eckard, Stanza (Carnac Alignment) (2006), charcoal and latex paint on panel [Chambers, Portland OR, through Feb 24]


David Eckard, Stanza (Carnac Alignment) (2006), charcoal and latex paint on panel [Chambers, Portland OR, through Feb 24]

David Eckard, Stanza (Carnac Alignment) (2006), charcoal and latex paint on panel [Chambers, Portland OR, through Feb 24]

David Eckard's Locus series features recent biomorphic imagery that verges on abstraction. Although the forms are imaginary, his smooth tonal rendering and tight graphic compositions create the impact of realism. The exhibition is an evocative representation somewhere between a comprehensive site study and a portrayal of stillness and subtlety found in an archaic environment.

David Eckard is best known as a sculptor and performance artist. His Willamette River installation Float was part of PICA’s (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) Time-Based Art Festival last year. The new exhibit seems like a poetic departure to anyone not familiar with Eckard as a painter or draftsman.

David Eckard - Stanza (Carnac Alignment)
David Eckard, Stanza (Carnac Alignment) (2006), charcoal and latex paint on panel [Chambers, Portland OR, through Feb 24]

Many works look like details from the ancient ruins of Stonehenge, while their close-up perspectives are reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe’s bone studies. The orientation of his billowing forms in space skew our perception of scale from micro to macro, particularly in his fourteen-part painting/
installation Stanza (Carnac Alignment), where he has arranged multiple views of the same landscape fragments. As Eckard’s exhibition title Locus suggests, the work relates to a perceived location, whether real or imagined.

Eckard received his BFA at the Art Institute in Chicago and has had solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago and Seattle. Eckard who resides in Portland, OR was also included in the 2006 Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum.

Allyn Cantor

 Mon, Feb 5, 2007