|Jim Waid: Botanical Improvisations
Works on Paper
The Temple Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition featuring works on paper by Tucson artist Jim Waid. Waid's densely colorful work takes the viewer to the intimate world of nature as he interprets it in his one-person show, Jim Waid: Botanical Improvisations. The show opens October 24 and runs through December 3, 2008. An artist reception will be held at Temple gallery on opening night, Friday, October 24, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
Botanical Improvisations features a selection of Waid’s works on paper including recent pastels, acrylics and watercolors. The Temple exhibition is significant because it offers a nuanced understanding of Waid’s process and the way his works on paper relate to the entirety of his artistic production.
Part of a continuing dialog with his vibrant, large scale, abstract landscape paintings, new approaches in Waid’s work often appear first in his works on paper. Waid experiments with different ideas and forms, trying out daring new techniques first in his pastels, and only later committing to them in his monumental canvases. He works a Herculean schedule, painting all day, every day, which gives him the confidence to exploit a range of processes and tools.
Waid is a visual diarist who photographs forms that interest him. He uses Photoshop to magnify and investigate a form from one of his paintings. He then subjects his initial idea to multiple experiments and manipulations until it metamorphoses into one of his finished pastels. If Waid is not painting or sketching, he is thinking and reading in the studio. Revisiting ideas and approaches again and again, but never executing them the same way twice, he moves from painting to pastel and back again as new ideas emerge.
Waid’s interest in color, like the Impressionists, is scientific; he uses it to create a sense of light and atmosphere. Narcho’s Blues (2008), pays homage to painter Dean Narcho, a founding member of Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, Tucson’s oldest downtown gallery and artist cooperative. Here Waid creates a stylized imaginary wilderness using a saturated palette of cobalt blue and poker hot red. His surfaces teem with microscopic organisms, insect and plant life rendered in cool, dark colors punctuated with white dots, and multi-color squiggles set against reds that suggest flowing molten rock. The cropped image is constructed using a Morse code of colored dots, dashes, squiggles, planes and angles, suggestive of prehistoric cave drawings. Waid’s unique vision of the natural world evokes a pre-historic Eden. Works on paper like Narcho’s Blues, mark a moment pregnant with anticipation. In Botanical Improvisations, Jim Waid strips down to essentials and follows his own path. There are no set rules; there is only the new.
For more information about Jim Waid’s exhibition at the Temple Gallery, Jim Waid: Botanical Improvisations, please contact Etherton Gallery, which manages the Temple Gallery, at (520) 624-7370 or info @ ethertongallery.com.
Running concurrently with the Temple Gallery exhibition is a show of the artist’s paintings at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery located at Pima Community College West Campus, titled Natural Selections: Jim Waid Paintings. The exhibition opens on October 27 and runs through December 5, 2008. It highlights Waid’s ability to create what Richard Nilsen of the Arizona Republic calls a “vivid, palpable world” on canvas. An artist reception will be held Wednesday, October 29, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Jim Waid will also give a lecture in the Recital Hall at PCC’s West Campus on Thursday, November 20. The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at Pima Community College is located at 2202 West Anklam Road Tucson, AZ 85709-0170. For more information about Natural Selections and Jim Waid’s lecture, please call 520-206-6942.
Represented in Tucson by Etherton Gallery Jim Waid is available for interviews upon request. Please contact the gallery at 520-624-7370 or info @ ethertongallery.com to schedule an interview or obtain more information about his work.