49 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Featuring the works of David Middlebrook
On View March 17 – April 30
Friday March 17 6 – 9:00 pm
“The word ‘art’ interests me very much. If it comes from Sanskrit, as I’ve heard, it signifies ‘making’. I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.” Marcel Duchamp
In his third solo show at The McLoughlin Gallery, world renowned Bay Area artist, David Middlebrook, continues his attempts to make his work believable. In this exhibition, Undercover, on view from March 17 to April 30, Middlebrook’s sculptures speak to the failure of our contemporary society’s contributions in the sustainability and future of our planet. Middlebrook reminds us of our need to be aware of these issues, take a stand and follow a call to action. Now is not the time to be a passive participant.
In today’s political climate, the public is unaware of the actual truths. Things are not what they appear to be. Middlebrook’s works further reinforces this presenting works that defy gravity and mimic materials. His works reference Pop Art and trompe l’oeil in their enlarged scale and visual illusionary features add to the societal trickery we are contending with today. Middlebrook like Duchamp uses his work as a vehicle to address his anti-establishment sentiments. The metaphorical umbrella as a means of protection depicts the ineffective coverage and sphere of influence related to today’s environmental issues.
Undercover is an important exhibition for us to see and experience. The United States of America, like baseball, the American past time, is a melting pot of people with different and unique backgrounds. Middlebrook’s works enable us to come together and discuss what’s important to us in this time of change.