don't pretend to understand it -- Im just a slave to
- William Dunlap, November 22, 1995
Narrative is tricky business. Yet the telling of universal stories
through art can bind us together and bring new, enhanced areas of
self-understanding. William Dunlaps assemblages of elements
taken from his life, our lives, and the world around us reflect
his sensuous and infectiously energetic view of life. He shares
his feelings with us openly, dangerously and naively, perhaps.
Nostalgia in our speeding world is tough to sell. Our culture today
seems about what is new and changing. Agents of change discard history
to facilitate their rush to the future, dumping all baggage.
Dunlap wants to slow that process, loading back the rich artifacts
of history, reminding us of roots, culture, traditions. He romances,
in his careful artistic waltz, the past into the present. His pause
allows a more humane position, an enviable one when seen by the
harried and hustled, perhaps.
Nomenclatures (art and language, form and content, image and icon)
are Dunlaps specialties. His paintings, watercolors, assemblages,
sculptural oddities and artifacts are refined by a broad art historical
awareness and a time and effort to suffer about what we have lost,
Deputy Director/Chief Curator
Corcoran Gallery of Art
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