Bill Saylor: SHADOW BALLERS
February 19 - March 19, 2017
Opening reception Sunday, February 19, 6-8pm
Saylor’s post-apocalyptic beachcomber aesthetic reminds one of a world where humanity exists amid a fragile tension of creation and destruction and that our human-built culture is but one element of a much larger and complex ecosystem.
Crystalline memories are adjacent to forgetting, blocked inabilities to remember. One form becomes another. Hands hold hands.
The day is brilliant: asphalt glimmers, people knife through the crowd, buildings look cut out against a rare blue sky.
The computer was never lifeless for it hummed as if it were cogitating some primordial secret that it would reveal if suitably nurtured.
In the 1920's, Mahatma Gandhi initiates a home-spun textile movement teaching Indians self-reliance leading to an extrication from Britain's imposed cloth and garment trade.
In 1947, India gains independence.
In 1951, Prime Minister Nehru assigns Le Corbusier to prepare a master plan for Chandigarh, the new capital of Punjab, as a symbol for a modern India. Included in the plan are the House of Parliament and a new state college.
In 1956, a teak desk designed by Pierre Jeanneret is placed in the middle of the Punjab University Library.
Max Renn: Why do it for real?
It’s easier and safer to fake it.
Masha: Because it has something
that you don’t have, Max. It has
a philosophy. And that is what
makes it dangerous.
Let’s make America great again.
–Ronald Reagan, 1980
–Donald Trump, 2016
Dear Mr. William "Bill" Wegman,
I have been following your work for some time (about 50 years). I feel now, at this the moment, is the opportune time to offer you a show in our lovely gallery on Allen St.
If you accept, I think we could show maybe, perhaps two of your newest paintings and a large selection of drawings, perhaps some from the 1970's. This would be very beautiful, but of course any suggestions you may have would be welcome.
Please have the common courtesy to let me know if you'll accept this kind offer. Looking forward to your reaction,