David Welker's â€œSubconscious Narrativesâ€ at The Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery
The Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery includes a name that you’ll recognize, and has been filled with even more. Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, John Lennon, and Mr. Brainwash have all hung in the NYC gallery, and as of today one more name will be added to that list: David Welker. David has been in New York City for 25 years, living and working in a city that has helped him to explore his discipline of surrealist visual art. The gallery came to him to create an entire show on a pretty condensed timeline, and David got right to work, pluming his unconscious for a series he calls “Subconscious Narratives.” David tried to create these pieces through a process that ignored his directorial head. Instead, he puts pen to paper and lets the pieces reveal themselves to him through their creation. “I’m trying to draw something representationally but without looking at any reference and allowing it to be awkward, allowing it to build in terms of symbology, just let it remind me of something and then build the whole piece that way and let it tell me where it wants to go rather than me planning it,” David explains.
What results through that process are images that don’t necessarily make sense in the way we expect narrative representation to make sense. That’s the goal. The imagery built up through David’s exploration speaks to a deeper level of human experience, one that transcends pedestrian classification, moving into a visceral understanding. “It just sort of mirrors life’s uncertainty in general,” says David. “It mirrors my own desire to live in mystery rather than to know things, or have certainty about things because it’s a belief.” By allowing the construction of certainty to fall away, David leaves us with something that our eyes may not understand, but our hearts will recognize.
There’s a thrill to bringing what’s deep inside onto a canvas and displaying it to the public, but hanging his pieces in this gallery specifically is a special kind of honor. “It feels sort of like a dream,” says David. “Those are my heroes,” he says about the other artists who have graced the same walls. “It’s a really strange, big chance here and I just handed in all the work so it feels great.”
“Subconscious Narratives” opens at The Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery and runs until January 7.