The Painting, Process, & Background to “Absolute: Moment”
by Daric Gill
Snow gloves, tank tops, and an umbrella? Where I live, that can only mean one thing: the seasons are changing. Spring is fast approaching. The 30 degree shifts and seasonal mixes each day makes getting dressed seem more like a daily challenge to design a functional super hero costume. A balancing side effect of this spectacular shift in weather is the equally as impressive change in environment.
Crocuses wake up through icy snow crystals. The deciduous trees, with their angrily wild stick-bones, soften due to crimson red buds and fluorescent green leaflets. There’s a change that happens; a release of life back into the world as if a clinched fist has loosened, allowing the life-blood to flow again. As if constantly looking at one’s watch while waiting on company, I actively search for that moment when I can find spring in the world. My latest painting, “Absolute: Moment” searches for that transitional happening, where the old is reborn into something new.
This piece has been selected for this year’s Art for Life benefit. Recently this pieces has been dropped off at the prestigious Pizzuti Collection Museum and may travel to several other locations before landing at the Columbus Museum Of Art where it will be auctioned off in support of two worthy causes. Read on to find out more about this piece.
[Process Video & Full Image Gallery Below Article]
Newest Painting Chosen For Biennial “Art For Life” Benefit: Pizzuti Collection & Columbus Museum Of Art
by Daric Gill
I’m pleased to announce that my artwork has been selected for this year’s Art for Life benefit. It will be exhibited at the prestigious Pizzuti Collection Museum August 6 – September 3, 2016, before landing at the Columbus Museum Of Art where it will be auctioned off in support of two worthy causes on September 24.
Every 2 years Equitas Health (formally ARC Ohio) mounts a dazzling gala and auction that raises funds for HIV/AIDS research and advocacy services (among many other things). In what will certainly become a spectacular partnership, they have joined forces with one of my favorite contemporary art collections/nonprofits, the PizzutiCollection. Together they will present the 2016 Art for Life event and fund ventures that will support both AIDS research and children’s arts education. I’ve donated to this cause in the past, but I’m especially excited for this newly struck partnership and the added benefits it provides.
The 2016 Art for Life event will take place September 24, 2016 at the newly opened Margaret M. Walter Wing of the Columbus Museum of Art. This will be the inaugural Art for Life event in the 50,000-square-foot modern art annex and “will feature important new work from artists from Ohio and around the country, as well provide access to regional and national art collectors.”
Buy tickets to the auction here
Full list of exhibiting artists here
There’s also a new app that will allow you to see& even bid on artwork early! Search for “artforlife” (all one word).
“Absolute: Moment”, Oil paint on reclaimed birds eye maple. 11 1/2” x 18 1/2” 3.9.16.
“Absolute: Moment” (detail), Oil paint on reclaimed birds eye maple. 11 1/2” x 18 1/2” 3.9.16.
I commonly experiment with presentation, especially during the infancy stages of a body of artwork. When I made this painting in 2012 I had really liked the idea of showcasing the raw material that I use as backgrounds. For this reason, I felt that it was important to leave the piece in its raw plank shape and forego a frame altogether. Thirty or so paintings later I’ve found that it may have worked at the time, but now the un-framed edges don’t quite fit in with the rest of the series.
This is a great example of how time and perspective can really inform past decisions and hopefully pave the way for new ones. I’ve framed out this piece in a way that is fitting for the cannon of other “Absolute” paintings and I’m quite happy with the results. Take a look at its new digs.
Absolute: Force. Oil on reclaimed red oak. 29 1/2″ x 8″. 2.29.12.
Absolute: Force (detail): Absolute: Force (detail) Oil on reclaimed red oak. 29 1/2″ x 8″. 2.29.12
Absolute: Force (detail). Oil on reclaimed red oak. 29 1/2″ x 8″. 2.29.12
If one was to pay close enough attention, they may see seasonal shifts in the Absolute painting series that run in tandem with when the work was created. Of course, this is an obvious side effect when using natural elements as subject matter. However, I’ve also found that this seasonal shift can give a rich conceptual tie-in that grows as the body of work progresses. Read on to find why this piece is different.