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24 May 2018

George Dombek: Recent Paintings

David Lusk Gallery

Reviewed by Audrey Molloy

Stylistically similar to Richard Avedon's seminal portraits of types from In The American West, George Dombek's hyper-formal watercolors of rusting hardware and machinery in his "Recent Paintings" at David Lusk Gallery typify relics of Americana through relentless frontality.

As in Knight II and Grader (both 2017), Dombek employs high-contrast lighting and stark, white backgrounds to psychologically displace his industrial subjects from temporal constraints by omitting their original context. He renders texture, detail, surface quality, and muted color with near-photographic realism. The style, as a theme, pervades the works on exhibit.

The high-noon lighting seen in He Favors His Dad (2004) thrusts his subjects forward with the same conditions of form and surface used in classic studio portraiture. A critical, poetic interaction between foreground and background, between corporeality and materiality, makes these masterful depictions immutably personal.

Exhibition George Dombek: Recent Paintings link
Start date 01 May 2018
End date 26 May 2018
Presenter David Lusk Gallery link
Venue 516 Hagan Street, Nashville, TN, USA map
Image George Dombek, He Favors His Dad, 2004, watercolor, courtesy of David Lusk Gallery
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