Christopher Derek Bruno opened up “HERE AND THERE AND NOW AND THEN” earlier this month at 886 Geary Gallery in San Francisco. The show’s title references moments, places, and time, yet each word can be seen as interchangeable and represent something new with each change. This is a common theme in the work of Derek Bruno who has extensively worked with lenticular painting on wood and panels in the past. The lenticular work allows the view to walk around a piece of work and view it from different angles, yet seeing a completely new painting from those new views. With his recent exhibition he has pushed this concept with the addition of a sculptural element and readymade quality. What might be viewed as blinds are canvases for the artist to experiment again with lenticular aspects as the blinds are closed and seen from new angles.
One of the new additions to his work in this exhibition is his use of color shadows to create glowing color bouncing off the pieces. In the Blinds the color is seen as a shadow, you are not seeing painted work but the reflection of it on the white wall. This minimal approach and concept proves to be an impressive part of the new exhibition. We strongly suggest you try to make it out the exhibit before it closes Dec 5th and see for yourself some of these amazing pieces of art.
“Yet there is a sense in which mastering the appearance of things brings us closer to their essence. For by understanding how the same scene can appear different, depending on the viewpoint from which it is perceived, we learn to separate the accidents of viewpoint from the properties of the thing itself. By treating subjectivity objectively, we master it.”
Excerpt From: Wilczek, Frank. “A Beautiful Question”
Over the past three years I have been studying color, shape, and form to better understand both the dimensional and rational means in which our eyes turn stimuli into descriptive images that form our collective experience. HERE AND THERE AND THEN AND NOW is a body of work that seeks to explore the result of image and form on its immediate surroundings.
Photograph Credit Rob Williamson