Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe - New Mexico
September 14 - September 29, 2018
In "Soul Maps: The Journey Evolves" we can identify two parallel paths the artist David Syre has followed. The first is an inner path: a constant search for a state of enlightenment and elevation which has. This search has transformed David’s life and work. On the second path David takes us through the history of the Ona natives in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Their history illuminates the path of human behavior and its evolution from the primitive to the possible. Throughhis artwork David shows us his optimistic vision of life. He believes that despite the many mistakes in human history, humanity evolves towards perfection and illumination.
The work created in David’s studio in Everson, Washington and on his many trips throughout the world show a development in size and theme. David’s early work is in small formats, worked spontaneously and in layers. David’s subconscious is reflected on the canvas through his use of lines, points, strokes, and references to archetypal forms in a harmonious palette of color and infinite detail. More recently, David has moved to larger formats reflecting his artistic maturity and synthesis. David’s continuing search for the essential is now reflected in his use of simple shapes and saturated, contrasting colors, resulting in lively and enthralling creations.
The work of many of today’s artists is dark and oppressive, expressing frustration or acceptance of life´s imponderables. In contract, David’s work is bright and colorful, expressing happiness and optimism. It is compassion, love, peace and hope that nourish David’s artistry.
In David Syre’s universe of images and drawings are forms that come to him from daily observation of situations and experiences. His spirit filters it all. Everything materializes in extraordinary and amazing shapes that invite us to let our imaginations fly.
In the "Ona Spirit" art installation, David makes an open interpretation of our ancestors by creating unexpected images and objects. He plays with shapes and colors in a surprising and vibrant manner. In doing so, his art challenges conventions and preconceptions. He confidently uses steel to represent the firmness and determination of the hard-hearted Conquerors. In contrast, he uses lacquers and intense colors in the Universe and the Ona pieces. The Haim initiation ceremony of the Onas is seen by the artist as a joyful composition. The abstract shapes and forms dance happily just like they do in Matisse's cheerful masterpiece, La Danse.