Denzil Hurley: Falk Visiting Artist

  • Jan 14, 2007 – Apr 8, 2007
Denzil Hurley, "Redact-6", 2005, oil on canvas, 18 x 15 in. Courtesy of
the artist and Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA.

The paintings of Denzil Hurley bear the process of their making, as subtle layers of color accrue only to be scraped back, sanded, and pockmarked. The paintings really are not “about” anything but themselves; yet they form a visual and emotional communication between artist and viewer. In a catalogue essay for an early 2006 exhibition at Frances Seders Gallery in Seattle, Sheryl Conkleton wrote that Hurley's paintings “engage the viewer with a proposition: an exchange of labor for labor….the artist's looking and thinking, as well as the more active work of making, are present—palpable solicitations of reciprocal commitment from the viewer.” Hurley's commitment to his task is equally apparent in small scale canvases—in the vicinity of 24” x 18”—and larger paintings of up to 80” x 80.” Each is a dialogue between the artist and his canvas and paint. The meditative aspect of the paintings is paralleled by Hurley's intense focus in their making.

Denzil Hurley has been a professor since 1994 in the School of Art at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is the recipient of prestigious awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. His work has been exhibited widely across the country and is in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, and the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, among others. Hurley's exhibition is part of the Falk Visiting Artists Program, a collaboration between the Weatherspoon and the Department of Art at UNCG, which brings artists to the campus and community for a short residency of graduate critiques, a gallery talk, and public lecture.

 

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