Wingate Studio is pleased to announce five new etchings by Chuck Webster: Fun House, Meet Where It’s Big (Parade), Large Hearted Boy, Reach A Call in the Sun, and Gleemer. During his third visit to Wingate Studio, Webster turned his attention to a highly physical engagement with the copper plates, producing deeply worked etchings with a rich, luminous palate reminiscent of stained glass.
Webster is known for his personal iconography inspired by the figure, architecture, and landscape. His bright, playful palate and biomorphic abstraction resonate with artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Bill Jensen, and Forest Bess. In these new prints, he carries out a visual language communicating his spiritual and psychological responses to being inside particular spaces, and the progression of that dialogue. Webster has said that making prints is an essential part of this progression.
Through the visible record of the worked copper, Webster is able to go back, check on his course, review where he’s been and decide where to go next. While the overall dialogue is ongoing, Webster is also drawn to the finality and simplicity of the limited edition process that calls for a stopping point and the creation of a finished product: “I am still learning how to understand the nature of where to stop and when to call an etching an etching, rather than to impose something else, some other process, against it. This further informs how I do everything, in art and in life.”
Chuck Webster (b. 1970 Binghamton, NY) creates playful, abstract paintings, prints and drawings whose deadpan forms float centrally and loosely refer to animals, architectural spaces, plants, and people. His work has been compared to that of Forest Bess and Paul Klee. He has had recent solo shows at David Krut (New York, NY) and Zevitas Marcus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) and group shows at PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York, NY), Saatchi Gallery (London), DC Moore Gallery (New York, NY), the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the San Diego Museum of Art, MOCA Detroit, and the Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, MA), and is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MFA Houston, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Beinecke Library at Yale University.