Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Actual Fiction, 2007

acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 in. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Idiom of the Hero, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Encounter with Professor E, 2007

mixed media

24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Encounter with Professor K, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

48 x 60 in. (1.2 x 1.5 m)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, House of Blues, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Bicycle and the Tree, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Tree on Paper, 2006

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 60 in. (0.8 x 1.5 m)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, untitled, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm)

Urban, David,

Actual Fiction, untitled, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, untitled, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, untitled, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(G), 2007

mixed media

18 x 20 in. (45.7 x 50.8 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(H), 2007

mixed media

24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(A), 2007

mixed media

17 x 15 in. (43.2 x 38.1 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(C), 2007

mixed media

17 x 15 in. (43.2 x 38.1 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(B), 2007

mixed media

15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(D), 2007

mixed media

15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(E), 2007

mixed media

15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(I), 2007

mixed media

18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Vale Phonics #1, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Vale Phonics #2, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Vale Phonics #3, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Vale Phonics #4, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Innisfree, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

David Urban

Actual Fiction, 2007

Artist Statement

 

These new works on paper return to the kind of poetic abstraction that I have practiced for twenty years.  The images have their roots in the lineage of Abstract Expressionist painting as exemplified by Guston and Rothko, and also refer to the early origins of abstraction, as well as works by Mondrian and the Russian Constructivists.  The vocabulary for this body of work includes looping ribbons of line, the dramatic use of brushed ink and spray-paint, and an engagement with Chinese calligraphic tradition.  What I am after in this work is a kind of radical impurity which ties all these disparate interests together.  Ultimately, these improvisations in line and colour are meant to recreate a state of being; they signal both the dissonance and the poetry of being in the world.