“If there are five steps to building something, I’m interested in steps two and three,” said artist D.E. May in a statement about this work. Reminiscent of architectural renderings and guides for building, May uses found ledger book paper, continuous form paper and cardboard for the drawings and constructions in his upcoming exhibition, “Dan May: Artworks by D.E. May,” at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART.
Thoughtfully considered marks and compositions, May embraces the history of the materials he employs in his work. Contributing to the history of the materials through his additions, and fully embracing the notion that the works will change overtime, the artist believes that stains, dog-eared edges and shifts in tone —tarnishes— are part of the work and enhance the message.
Boat drawings exist alongside templates alongside constructions, illustrating plans or ideas for future works. “Untitled (GREENHOUSE BOAT)” reads, “GREENHOUSE BOAT, TRANSLUCENT GLASS, METAL FRAMEWORK,” alluding to an idea for glass boat, in essence using his making to explore his curiosities in subjects outside of art. Another piece, “Untitled (PLYWOOD TEMPLATES)” makes reference to an exhibition idea and plan that would take place in multiple locations with plywood templates made by the artist.
Dan May: Artworks by D.E. May
Exhibition Dates: June 5 – June 29, 2019
PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
925 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209