“Absolute” Oil Paintings In Skylit Atrium Of Art Hotel
by Daric Gill
Situated at the intersection of the Arena District and Short North Arts District, The Hilton Columbus Downtown is truly an art hotel. The building has been specifically designed around an immersive art experience with over 150 pieces of Ohio-based fine art in its public spaces and rooms. I’m once again privileged to hang the work in the large atrium space visible from High Street at the beginning of the Short North District. Read on for more information.
It is good to look inward with an absolute silence, to find solace during those cacophonous times. For Absolute: Rest, I took a major departure from my normal idea gathering process and instead developed the painting along side a short story I wrote.
Absolute: Rest is an oil painting on reclaimed Honduran Mahogany. A black handmade envelope is painted above a translucent geometric ‘X’. On top of the envelope is a leaf from the ZZ plant. Its green flesh is held down by a smooth stone. Each of these elements are symbols taken from the short story, Bricks to Stones.
“So afraid of a falling shelter, Man spent all his energy grinding bricks into stones and bones to dirt. These are materials more suited for a garden than a shelter.”
[Process Video, Short Story, & Full Image Gallery Below]
Introducing my latest painting, Absolute: Insulation, an oil painting on reclaimed cherry wood.
A leafless branch is vignetted in the center of the undulating patterns of the wood below. The top half of the branch, sheathed in a coating of white, reaches outward and upward. The base of the branch fades into the background wood. Look close enough and you can see dried remnants of moss on the twig. A deep red-brown color envelopes around the center; its rich color coursing through the wavy cherry wood grain. Read more below…
[Process Video & Full Image Gallery Below Article]
The CICA Museum Publishes “Artist Statement” Art-Book, My Work Included
by Daric Gill
After finishing out the year on display at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum in South Korea, my painting Absolute: Earnest has come home. The exhibition called Artist Statement has been published in an art-book that showcases a side-by-side documentation of the artwork and the artist’s statement. The concept behind the exhibit and the art-book is to show the connections between an artist’s work and their written philosophies. Read more below.