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art letter / no. 1. 2019 / january
A Charcoalized Hedge
Hold the Pizza Order, David Slader, sculpture
My stepdaughter, Jillian, and I were heading to lunch. We could smell the legacy of the fire before we could see it: A freshly gutted pizza restaurant. Immediately to its north was a sculpture of charcoal skeletons, lined up in military precision.

Others might have seen an incinerated arborvitae hedge. I saw the sculpture—or, at least, the potential for a sculpture. All I could do was stare. But Jillian urged me to act. So, after lunch, I went back home, got my bow saw, and went to work.

Reassembled, I call it “Hold the Pizza Order”. . .or, informally, “that bunch of burnt sticks in the basement.”  Whatever we call it, it will be in the main gallery in my March show at Gallery 114, InkBodySkinPaint+Fire.
The Poster
The brilliant photographer, Owen Carey, will share Gallery 114 with me in March. The equally brilliant designer, Matt Erceg, came up with this idea for the poster, combining Owen’s shot of Rusty Tennant with my painting “Diddy wah Diddy.” Posters should start popping up in the Pearl in early February.

And, while we are talking of Rusty, he will be presenting his one-person show, The Importance of Being Frank, at the gallery on March 16 at 4:00 p.m. He'll explore the thesis that Shakespeare was gay and that the love sonnets were written to a boy. A powerful actor with a powerful theme.
Ribbons and Garlands
For me, a painting’s idea comes out of the making, not before, and since I think with my hands, everything I know about my work comes from observing it.

Here, in “Ribbons and Garlands,” I watched as this woman of confident attitude emerged, making no apology for her nakedness. I see a don’t-mess-with-me spirit that our times call for. I wish I could say that I intended it that way, but that is not how I work.

She will be part of InkBodySkinPaint+Fire, opening First Thursday, March 7.  For a more relaxed chance to chat, Owen and I will be hosting an Artists’ Reception and Preview on March 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us.
David Slader, Artist
Learn more about my art
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