Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In the Studio with David Horii

David Horii is a painter who lives in the heart of Bushwick's Morgantown artist's district. His newest paintings which he has been working on for the past year comprise a series of two dozen works. They are based on images from Boys' Life magazine from the 1960s and 1970s--the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Many of the paintings like the images themselves have a homoerotic tension.
His acrylic paintings are painted either on canvas or wood panels and are either small or medium in size. He renders these images in a kind of clip art style and each has a uniform monochromatic ground. But as with all of Horii's paintings, there is always a twist. Some images are straightforward representations of boys and young men engaged in scouting activities but others contain more ambiguous imagery--one is blindfolded, another has a black eye, one looks like Henry Rollins, another like Joe Dellesandro.  
Perhaps the finest painting I saw was the poignant and haunting image depicting a man in water.  Depending on your viewpoint, he's either floating or drowning.  It is a perfect metaphor for all current situations whether global or personal. It contains several contradictions at once. It is a remarkable painting.  
This is the first time these paintings have been published in any form anywhere. I can see them garnering a lot of attention from collectors, critics and gallerists. 

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