Visual Arts Program

Friday, September 22, 2017 — Friday, November 3, 2017

David Schirm

All The Glad Variety

David Schirm - <em>All The Glad Variety</em>
David Schirm - <em>All The Glad Variety</em>
David Schirm - <em>All The Glad Variety</em>

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 22, 8 to 11 pm

Artist's Talk
Friday, September 22, 8pm

For its upcoming exhibition of the work of painter David Schirm, Hallwalls will be taking a far-reaching approach from the artist's 40 years of work to present an intensified survey. Exhibiting work from all eras of Schirm's practice, the exhibition will be a fulsome consideration of Schirm's practice over the long duration of his career. Works from this long view will be exhibited in an effort to showcase the consistency and trajectory of his painterly path—through color, symbolism, and gestural lines.

The dichotomy of beauty (sanity or the spiritual) versus its often insane counterpart (environmental degradation and war) underlies much of Schirm's work in an ongoing attempt to reach beyond the irony of intellectual comparisons toward a genuine sympathy for the land and people swept up and overwhelmed by the forces brought to bear upon them.

Though distilled into broad symbolic forms or abstract landscapes, Schirm's work often springs from his own experiences during the Vietnam War and paintings may allude to the scenes of horrific and senseless battles, the strafing of weapons across a landscape, " whose laser-like blazes of fired bullets gave a distinctive hum of un-worldliness to the darkness." Though his depictions of landscape forms even touch upon the pastoral in their depiction and use of color, Schirm's original point of departure may be explosions, fields of blood, or holes riddling a form, collapsing history and the artist's experience—often sliding into the surreal realm of memory—with the traditional painterly observance of the natural beauty and power of the real world.

Professor David Schirm was born in Pittsburgh, PA, graduating with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon and later receiving his MFA from Indiana University. He is currently a member of the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo. Prior to his tenure at Buffalo, Prof. Schirm was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, UCLA, USC, Otis Art Institute, and the University of Cincinnati.

In addition to teaching, he has exhibited his work in twenty-nine solo exhibitions and numerous group shows including The Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Directions at the Hirshhorn Museum, and Painting and Sculpture Today at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He received two NYFA Fellowships, one in drawing and was a 2012 Fellow in Painting. His work is in several major public and private collections.

Part of Prof. Schirm's research has included work based upon travels in South Asia where he received Fulbright Fellowships in 1994 and 2004. Indian miniatures, Eastern philosophies and mythologies as well as contemporary culture, narrative histories, and environmental concerns have influenced his current paintings and drawings.

In January 2015, Schirm was a featured artist in the first exhibition of the Amid/In Western New York exhibition series.