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Will Fowler


acrylic on canvas

213.4 x 152.4 cm
Will Fowler’s plethoric patterned canvases are mesmerising in their intensity. Drawing association to 20th c masters such as Dubuffet, Pollock, and Miro, Fowler approaches painting as purist pursuit, recycling and quoting from his own lexicon of gesture, mark-making, and iconography. Often taking years to complete, Fowler’s paintings refuse to resolve as totalities, but rather dazzle with their cacophonous overabundance of energy and contradiction. In TBD, Fowler’s enmeshed motifs compile with vivacious tension, each dot, square, and triangle vying for individual recognition; the solidity of his geometry further unsettled with casual intuitiveness of painterly gesture.
Will Fowler


Acrylic and photocopies on paper

152.4 x 177.8 cm


Will Fowler

David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Will Fowler.

In new, large canvases Fowler reinvigorates and expands upon concerns with scale, facture, decorative pile-ups, shattered repetition, and color's primary, never-resolved threat to form.
Fowler employs a vocabulary of jarring scale shifts and roughly hewn repeated forms: circles, spots, dots, blotches, knife-edge triangles, and layers of broken white grids that, in the words of the artist, animate rather than negate the shapes underneath.Elaborate planning and un-planning occupies Fowler's approach - a practice that often leads to paintings that take him years to complete.

Fowler's paintings grow out of elements culled from previous paintings. Recognizable images and geometric shapes are arranged like fragmented quotations, requesting attention and resisting subsumption into the painting process. Acutely aware of the relationships and spatial tradeoffs between his oppositional forms, Fowler combines images, concepts and even emotions that perhaps were never meant to be together.

Initially appearing frenetic and consuming, Fowler's layered paintings insist upon perception as an investigative, not passive, process.

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