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Contemporary artist David Gant’s exhibition at The Todd Weiner Gallery plans to urge the audience’s thoughts further into the realm of abstraction. Without pushing a stance, Gant’s developed a mixture of three-dimensional pieces positioned to “create a melody out of the sense of impending doom” the world has feltlooming over head for decades. Self proclaimed participant in the news, Gant puts forth stimulus representing, hard to verbalize, big picture world issues, that he feels affected by personally. In this exhibition he is striving for an overall sensation by combining imagery for the audience to come to their own conclusions. These images include famous figures such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, the iconic Bozo the clown, a representation of Isis, and many more. Gant’s work speaks to the echo effect of the tension the world becomes affected by politically.
Stylistically, Gant provides a number of visuals that confront the viewer with intense stimulus, sparking the connection of his ongoing themes. Gant’s work is an extension of paintings he developed first that progressed into three-dimensional pieces. Gant is best known locally for “Portraits of the Crossroads” in 2009 in which he painted 150 portraits of local artists and art related personalities. He’s applied elements of painting to his sculptures by forcing implied three-dimensionality through shape, space, and light. By overlaying the two-dimensional elements on an object that cast’s its own dimensionality it provides contradiction. Gant applied forced 3⁄4 perspective on “Putin” that drives the viewer to find the perfect perspective, rather than gazing straight forward on to the head, to provide a representational view. Gant describes a constant drive to get better and progress; he reveals the exploration of making art as, “basically trying to capture magic.” This is merely one of the ways Gant demonstrates innovation physically and visually, and magic is what the audience will see here.
Many components will provide “shock and awe” for the audience during Gant’s exhibition full of meaningful yet humorous conversation pieces, such as a large pile of “roaches” or a large plastic coca-cola bottle filled with a white flag. Gant explains his artistic “melody” to “provide a sing along that the audience can connect to people throughout time, realizing the same song has been sung forever; and maybe that will change consciousness.”