“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.
Broken Wings Motorcycles Returns After On Loan To 2 Museums
By Daric Gill
After 4 years of travel and 2 museum exhibitions, my piece Broken Wing Motorcycles has come home to live on. The 2 Wheels+Motor exhibit, curated by fellow vintage motorcycle motor-head Ric Stewart, first landed at the AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame in Ohio. After spending a couple years on display there it traveled to the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa. By then, the exhibition had gained more work and momentum.
Comprised of paintings, bronze, mixed media sculptures, prints and photographs, 2 Wheels+Motor garnered a lot of attention by the motorcycle community both near and far. Artists from the US and Canada joined forces by way of Stewart’s vision, in a way that brought together works surrounding the titular theme. Read on to see more of the artwork on display.
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]