WORKS BY ARTIST DAVID TOUSTER
On View September 13th 2008 A one-night only art event at JANSSENARTSPACE
Gallery artist David Touster opens the season at JANSSENARTSPACE with a series of multi-media works entitled, “Private Pictures”. Ponder the mystery, the moment and the meaning of Touster’s intimate collection of works. Exhibit runs one-night only, Saturday, September 13th from 7-10pm.
Janssenartspace is located at 333 S. Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, Ca. 760.864.9922
David Touster imagines that at the time the original photos for these works were taken, somebody probably said to somebody, “Nobody else is going to see these, right?” So who is to blame, the one for showing skin or the other for asking them to?
Art is storytelling. In “Private Pictures,” Touster looks at how intimate behavior can often be infused with an element of blame. He attempts to highlight that there are different sides to every story, all of them subjective and incomplete, and that it is the judgment, not the act, which should be condemned.
Touster works from both original and vintage vernacular photographs, reducing the images’ visual information to it’s barest through computer pixilation and manipulation. He then prints these new images on canvas and paints them with acrylics, using a variety of techniques. By leaving us to fill in the details, we become aware of ourselves looking at the work, and it’s when we participate putting ourselves in another’s shoes, that perhaps we can grow more compassionate.