David Samuels "Reaching the Light"

Artist Reception: Saturday, Feb. 19, 7-9PM
Showing: January 17 - April 16, 2022

Blackbird
2124 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

Voss Gallery presents “Reaching the Light,” a pop-up exhibition of mixed media paintings by David Samuels that explores the power of passion and perseverance through adversity.

The exhibition is on view at Blackbird (2124 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114) through April 16, 2022. A reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19th, 7-9PM. Please check Blackbird’s website for current hours and COVID-19 updates.

In Samuels’s work, distressed surfaces and multi-layered resin reference past experiences and memories. Documenting life’s journey, the artist individualizes each abstract surface with unique mark-making elements. Gold leaf flashes. Efflorescent paint shimmers. Under the right light, the artist shares a glimmer of hope that this too shall pass.

“I am often looking for avenues of the unexpected. In my childhood, I was always interested in the overall concepts of transformation and metamorphosis. More precisely, I find myself fascinated by the path of life, the turning of time, and the interaction of nature’s inherent life force. These forces are a powerful interaction that creates a visual aesthetic full of motion through the gathering and juxtapositions of matter. The search for this ambivalence between movement and stillness, which can reflect tensions of all kinds, is the foundation of my work.”—David Samuels

DAVID SAMUELS (b. Central Valley, CA) is an abstract expressionist artist. Working primarily with resin, his work emphasizes the subtle contrasts—opaque to transparent and light to dark—between each painted layer in a seemingly meditative fashion. Samuels participates in national group exhibitions and was the former art director for The LF Gallery in Fresno, CA.