Primarily a sculptor in clay and wood, Texas artist Danville Chadbourne works in a range of materials and in both two- and three-dimensional formats. His work is concerned with the evocation of spiritual or primal states, using simple organic forms, often in suggestive conjunctions that elaborate metaphorically primary issues of ambiguity, morality, accident/intention, contradiction or even existence.
Over the years Chadbourne has created a complex body of work unified by a primal iconography and artifact-like quality emerging from a very personal and consistent formal, aesthetic, and philosophical sense.
The Irving Arts Center exhibition features over 50 works in wood by Chadbourne, including large free-standing and suspended sculptures as well as smaller scale pedestal and wall-mounted pieces. Many pieces were started years ago and only recently completed. Others were developed and completed in a relatively short time.
Devoting the bulk of his working time in recent years to wood, Danville writes about his relationship with the material: “To me, it is one of the most magical substances on earth, in all of its manifestations. The plant world from which it comes is critical to our survival on this planet, probably more than most people realize. As an art making material it is also one of the most beautiful and satisfying to work with. It is one of my most direct connections to the natural world.”
A reception for the artist will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 - 4 p.m.
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