Airborne, an exhibition of new works by acclaimed artist David Breuer-Weil, explores the relationships between the differing practices of sculpture, drawing and painting. This exhibition coincides with the recent installation of the 7m monumental sculpture Flight in Marble Arch.
A number of the paintings on display represent a logical progression from Flight, a work that portrays flying figures paradoxically held aloft by the very strands that hold them back, chords that connect these fleeing figures to their past, family or country. Breuer-Weil believes that every person aspires to break free and to fly. The artist spends a lot of time making very complex pencil drawings, many actually executed on flights. Much of Breuer-Weil’s travel is long-haul and he feels free when he’s in the air, as a result of which some of his most ambitious small scale works are created on flights.
Breuer-Weil comments, In my recent paintings Artist 1 and Artist 2, I want to show the awesome power of creativity. Artistic productivity becomes a force of nature in the form of clouds, storms and lightning that emanates from a diminutive figure of an artist; art transcends the individual. Breakdown is an explosive painting that shows a human disintegrating and becoming one with the cosmos. Every human being will at some point re-join the atomic structure of the universe and lose individual identity. But, in that sense, we are all immortal. Breakdown is also a work that explores the close relationship that often exists between creativity and neurosis, hence the title.