Stremmel Gallery presents works by Chester Arnold and Dan Douke, on view from April 28 through June 3. The artists’ reception will be held Thursday, April 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free to the public.
American by birth, but raised in post-war Germany during the formative years of his childhood, painter Chester Arnold regularly delves into the complexities of the human psyche. His compositions present skewed linear perspectives that place the viewer above and beyond the unfolding narratives. Natural landscapes are subverted by his preoccupation with the detritus of human accumulation.
Selected by Donald Kuspit for New Old Masters at the National Museum in Gdańsk,Poland, Arnold’s work is also included in the public collections of many institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena, Calif.) and the San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, Calif.). Arnold was awarded a Eureka Fellowship by San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (San Jose, Calif.). His work has been critically reviewed in Artforum, Artweek, Art + Conversation and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives and works in Sonoma, California.
Southern California artist Daniel Douke responds to everyday experiences by rendering the transient packaging of consumer products – particularly the box. At first glance, Douke's boxes appear to be simply found objects – à la Marcel Duchamp. However, upon closer look, these are paintings that are rendered in exquisite detail, with text, packaging tape, smudges and dents all carefully observed and painted. Even the canvas is stretched and shaped to perfection. Douke painstakingly captures every blemish, undulation and discoloration, creating a reproduction designed for permanence and value.
Douke’s works were recently on display at the Nevada Museum of Art and can be found in the permanent collections of the Margulies Collection (Miami), Portland Art Museum (Portland, Ore.), Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego) and the Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, Calif.), among many others.