Los Angeles Exhibition. Paul Donald. Blind CB1 Gallery
CB1 Gallery is pleased to present Paul Donald, Blind, our second solo show of the artist’s work. Blind proposes a variety of readings in the face of the objects in the exhibition. Mimicking bird decoys, the objects are effectively blind, both in the sense that they know not what they are but also that they are without eyes. Also, a blind is used by hunters to hide from their intended prey, often when used in conjunction with decoys.
Are decoys art? As with the artist’s other projects Donald laboriously crafts objects or build environments in order to work between the hand made and the aesthetically valued, the aesthetic and the usable—every project is underlaid by a conceptual interest in the limits (or not) between craft and art, art and architecture, as well as begging questions about particular content and rendering innocent forms (like the decoys) in provocatively corporeal ways. As Jonathan Katz has stated of an earlier project (Certainties, 2008), his work consistently explores “the hand’s ability to hold chaos at bay, to defeat the forces of disorder, to hold the world at hand, in hand.”
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New-Zealand born artist Paul Donald obtained a BFA and MFA studying in Auckland and Sydney, Australia. He has exhibited throughout Australia, North America, and the UK. Recent solo exhibitions include: Woulden, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, 2011; Spill, James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney, 2010; Untendable, Untitled Gallery, Manchester, UK, 2010; Certainties, Akau Inc, Toronto, Canada, 2009; Drift, 20 + 3, Manchester, UK, 2010;Companion, James Dorahy Projects, 2007.
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