PERFECTLY UNDERSTANDABLE | NEW WORKS BY WALKER T. ROMAN
THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2019
EXHIBITION THRU SEPTEMBER 2019
Faces Gallery & Studio is thrilled to debut Perfectly Understandable, a solo exhibition of entirely new works from Martha’s Vineyard based artist Walker T. Roman. “This work came from a want to experience my own perception, not to just look at something with my eyes, but to be made aware of their seeing.” Prior to this series, Walker’s artistic focus has been working with oil paints on panel to capture landscape scenes of Martha’s Vineyard. In this new series Walker has shifted focus, from depicting and direct representation to now creating works that call to attention the technicality of how we as an audience see and experience paintings. “I cared less about the distant hilltop tree and more about the bizarre mental gymnastics our minds perform to see a few blobs of paint as such. I began producing abstract works to free my painting from this obligation of representation, and more directly access what interested me the most: the mechanics of sight.”
Through rigorous experimentation with different techniques, surfaces, and various material combinations like graphite, wax, resin, and polypropylene, Walker has embraced each material’s unique potential; manipulating them to, “be both the subject of our gaze and to deflect it.” Walker found through a process of layering and burnishing that graphite could be transformed into a reflective surface, who’s appearance changed dramatically depending upon the context of light or viewing angle. “As one moves around the work they experience it’s surface, glare obscuring it, their own reflection, or color bouncing in from some unknown source.” In this way, the works are fixed, but not static as they utilize the malleability of perception as an additional medium. This inherent relationship between the works and the viewer’s interaction is moderated by the influence of light and demands the works to not only be seen, but experienced. As a viewer, if you take the time to consider and submit to the work, you are rewarded.
The opening reception for Perfectly Understandable will be held at Faces Gallery & Studio on Thursday August 1st, 2019 from 6-9 PM with the exhibition remaining on view thru September 2019.