Artists Republic is pleased to showcase The Reflected Sound of Everything, a solo show by Don Pendleton.
Pendleton’s new works will be exploring past themes and showing them in a new light. Since much of his graphic design work has not been seen by many viewers outside of the skateboarding world, he wants to revisit those ideas for a new audience. This show will be “…the present and the past combined merging into a one single statement that’s a reflection of a little bit of everything over the past 18 years.” In order to present these ideas in a new way he has focused on a different technique of old school cut and paste. “The interesting thing about cut paper is that it’s ultimately a combination of design, illustration, color theory with a similar composition I use with painting so hopefully it’s a step beyond my usual work.”
Unlike Pendleton’s previous solo shows with us, this one will be focusing on the process and the embodiment of his work over the years. With the focus being on the process; the flow of the works will become a narrative along the way. “Past shows have all been paintings so it’s a very typical approach to creating the work. I feel like with this exhibit, I was more conscious about the colors and how the pieces connect to each other, the flow from one piece to the next so it’s a more cohesive, flowing body of work.”
‘The Reflected Sound of Everything’ was a concept that came together from wanting to present a body of work that represents an array of art from the past combined with brand new pieces, all produced and assembled by hand; Literally a little bit of everything that I hope creates a spectrum of art that gives viewers a compressed glimpse of the past 18 years.
I explored a lot of different mediums and experimented with printmaking processes, glue, paper and tape before finding a process that I felt fit the work and translated the images in a way that seemed natural.
These pieces are created from cut paper that was assembled similarly to how stained glass is produced. All of the work was drawn by hand and I used various techniques (a grid, french curves, hole punches) and my computer to help lay out a guide so that I could cut everything out in a way where the lines were consistent and, for some pieces, symmetrical.
For the materials, all tape, glue and adhesives are acid-free. The tape used for mounting is an archival specialty tape designed to repair antique books. For the outer skeletons of the work whenever possible, I used papers such as Canson and Strathmore art paper, 98 lbs, 160 GSM (also acid-free). On some of the ones where each side was larger than 18”, I used illustration/mounting board (somewhat thicker and harder to cut but provided some interesting depth to those pieces.)
All pieces were cut by hand. I began by creating a black line to act as a frame for each piece. Those were all done with various Xacto and razor blades on a cutting mat. After that was cut, I would choose a color palette and go through stacks of acid-free card stock paper to find the right shades and then trace each individual shape onto the colored paper. After those smaller pieces were cut out to size, they were assembled very much like a puzzle from behind using permanent, acid-free tape.
I have come to appreciate some of the flaws and inconsistencies that are visible as the result of each individual cut; like the idea of the Gestalt theory, I feel that the small pieces of paper come together to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. And hopefully, each work comes together to create a body of work that says something more than each piece can say individually.Inquire