Staan nader, staan terug!
by: David Page
November 30, 2009–January 29, 2010
Stevenson University Gallery Reception
December 3, 6-8 p.m.
Art Talk & Closing Party: January 29, 5 p.m.
As a child and young adult in South Africa from the early 60’s to the mid 80’s, I noticed an absurd impulse among the Afrikaner power structure of the time to issue contradictory orders; no matter how you complied, you would still be at fault in some way. This primitive and seemingly perverse tactic was seized upon by dull-witted functionaries as a means to keep their subordinates perpetually of-balance in an attempt to assert their fragile authority. One may imagine that this clumsy strategy was unproductive and certainly no durable means of maintaining power, but it illustrates an approach to drawing; constantly reconciling mark and image, moment and duration, the intimate act of making and the distanced logic of editing. The scale of the objects, their surfaces and colours make them appear accessible and inviting. At a distance, while still unrecognizable and mysterious they attract, but are jarring once associations are realized upon closer inspection. As an attempt to deny the viewer the comfortable middle ground, it may seem odd to apply a question¬able management practice from a discredited era, these contradictory urges are ingrained. David Page 2009
| GROUP EXHIBITIONS|
2008 Beastarium Vocabulum, Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Towson, MD
Celebration: Trawick Winners, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
2007 The Sculpture Project, Baltimore, MD
Performance, Meat Market Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2006 siteMaryland The Baltimore Museum of Art
Crossovers: Crafts, Art, Design, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Interface, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
2005 Soft Openings, Museum at the Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington, D.C.
Bait/Trap, an outdoor collaboration with J.L. Stewart Watson, Baltimore, MD
2004 Surplus, Area 405, Baltimore, MD
2002 Graduate Thesis Show, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
2001 Fetish: Elegant Objects of Seductive Obsession, Gallery Flux, San Francisco, CA
2000 Sight Specific, Griffith University of Craft Gallery: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Sheen of Silver, Weight of Air, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR
Sci-Art: Extensions of Being, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
1999 Man in a Bottle; 100 Square Foot House, Artscape 2000-1, Baltimore, MD
Residue, WPA/Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.
Artsail 99: Sails Unfurled, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
1998 The Waking Dream Psychological Realism in Contemporary Art, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, NY
The Curio Cabinet of Hybrid Possibilities-Artsites 98, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD
Prints and Sculptures, Goya – Girl Press, Baltimore, MD
Fetish Works: The Powerful Object, Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
1997 Fetish, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C.
Made at the Mill, Inaugural Exhibition, Goya – Girl Press, Baltimore, MD
1996 The Body, Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester, NY
Artsites 96, a Multisite Biennial, The Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
The Art of Taking Risk, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Issues and Intent, Contemporary American Metalwork, Susan Cummings Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1995 Exhibition in Print, Metalsmith Magazine, Society of North American Goldsmiths
Critics’ Pics Show, Critics’ Residency Program, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
1994 Personal Prisons: The Ecstatic Garden of Sublime Delirium, Artscape, Baltimore, MD
1985 Final Year Exhibition, School of Art and Design, Cape Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa
1984 Masks, The Touch Gallery at the National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2009 Staan Nader, Staan Terug! Stevenson University, Stevenson, MD
Fall Solos, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
2003 School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
2002 Jewet Hall Gallery, University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta, ME
1999 Reclamation, The Boyden Gallery, St Mary’s College, St Mary’s City, MD
1996 Compulsive Obsessions, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL
Selected SmallGroup Exhibitions
2005 Polarity, Gallery Imperato, Baltimore, MD
1997 The Last Man, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
1995 Annet Cowenberg and David Page: Recent Work, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD