Mentor David Humphrey in Solo Exhibit

May 9, 2018

Visual Arts Mentor David Humphrey is in a solo exhibition titled, Zone, at St. Charles Projects in Baltimore, Maryland. Zone features Humphrey’s recent paintings on printed vinyl. The paintings incorporate photos of his Long Island City neighborhood, captured on his smartphone.


“Piles of garbage, construction debris or dirty curbside snow become associative springboards from Humphrey’s animating imagination. His painted marks erase, vandalize, or conscript elements of the printed photos to make new narratives, as if to awaken stories lying dormant in the detritus of urban space,” according to the gallery’s website. Humphrey’s art is described as “figurative hallucinations through gestural paint.”


A recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship, and the Rome Prize in 2008, Humphrey also served as senior critic at Yale University from 2007-2014 prior to mentoring at Columbia University. He is represented by the Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York.


In a 2014 article with Jennifer Samet of Hyperallergic, Humphrey spoke about his thoughts on painting, social media, and photography: “The Internet can count a random selfie as equivalent to a Rembrandt self-portrait. It equalizes images. We can’t really stop it. I am living it and throwing my own paintings back into it by posting them on Facebook and Instagram. I posted a picture the other day, got a bunch of likes and that pleased me. But I’d like to think we can slow down the torrent of images and navigate it, by means of painting. To pause, select out what matters. I would like that to be a vital part of the paintings.”

Zone will run through May 31st, 2018.


From David Humphrey's exhibition, Zone. Photos courtesy of St. Charles Projects