David Kearns
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Massachusetts: Cat Clifford & David E. Kearns
April 17 - May 15, 2021
TREE: June, 2019 at the Vashon Center for the Arts

David Kearns was born in 1975, and has spent his life drawing as a means of getting from here to there. After spending a dozen years as a hermit in Vermont, Kearns has lived and worked in Richmond Hill, Queens, since 2011.
In addition to solo shows in Santa Fe and NYC, Kearns has shown work widely in Vermont, and has been featured in regional triennial surveys at the Queens Museum and the Brattleboro Museum. Kearns’ most recent, and third, solo show in NYC was at the artist-run space Songs For Presidents in 2018.
Kearns has self-published a number of sketchbook zines, and his drawings have been featured in the arts journal Paper Monument, and in publications by n+1 and Verso books. His writing appeared the first issue of Paper Monument (2007), as well as its book on art school, Draw It With Your Eyes Closed (2012). His ongoing collaborative home recording project Three Mystic Dwarves was included in a 2009 group show of visual artists exploring sound at Frederich Petzl gallery.
The rotten trunk of a tree, still standing, its hollows filled with a stash for winter, also hosting unseen miles of mycelium: the necessary invisible background structure, from which, under the right conditions, coveted edible mushrooms appear, fleetingly. There is a porthole window through the tree, also, framing the sloping woods beyond. The dog, also a creature of habit, likes to take the same path whenever possible. The walk is usually at the same time of morning, so the light shifts slightly day to day. Occasionally, curious offerings can be found at the bases of certain trees. I look carefully, and notes are taken by a various means. The paintings unfold in the studio with minimal planning through a dredging of the memory of those notes, guided daily sketchbook drawing, occasionally from observation, but primarily through memory. The work is concerned with decay, accumulation, and the daily ritual of bearing witness to the transformation of the world over time. Memory acts as a filter and a channeling device to visually describe experience.