Danielle Orchard & Paul Gagner

 

DAILY AFFIRMATIONS

MARCH 31-APRIL 30, 2016

Danielle Orchard, Alibi, 2017, oil on canvas, 27 x 23 inches   The women in my work are shown in accidentally compromised situations. I see these brief moments of vulnerability as opportunities for finding humor and empathy. I’m interested in bringing together disparate painting languages and art historical influences to create a world that is at once composited and unified, and populated by a recurring cast of characters that are proxies for myself. The aspect of humanity I want to approach in my work is resistant to classification. It is at once tenderand funny, violent and calm, graceful and clumsy. These paintings are not a complete narration—they have no beginning or end; they are not one event—but instead blend personal experiences and memory with art history. Languor and the anxiety of inaction exemplify the tension that exists between anticipated and actual experience, tension that I hope to capture in my work.

Danielle Orchard, Alibi, 2017, oil on canvas, 27 x 23 inches

 

The women in my work are shown in accidentally compromised situations. I see these brief moments of vulnerability as opportunities for finding humor and empathy. I’m interested in bringing together disparate painting languages and art historical influences to create a world that is at once composited and unified, and populated by a recurring cast of characters that are proxies for myself. The aspect of humanity I want to approach in my work is resistant to classification. It is at once tenderand funny, violent and calm, graceful and clumsy. These paintings are not a complete narration—they have no beginning or end; they are not one event—but instead blend personal experiences and memory with art history. Languor and the anxiety of inaction exemplify the tension that exists between anticipated and actual experience, tension that I hope to capture in my work.

 

 

 

 

                

Paul Gagner, Making Sense of Nonsense (billiard painting), 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 26 inches

 

My paintings reflect and feed on common anxieties associated with artists. “How will people respond? Is this too didactic? Is this good? Am I being delusional? Is this a bunch of bullshit?”

 

 

“I deserve good things, I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with.”- Stuart Smalley- a fictional character invented and performed by comedian and satirist (and now United States Senator from Minnesota) Al Franken. The character originated on the television show Saturday Night Live, in a mock self-help show called “Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley.”

 

Paul Gagner, Self Delusion, 2015, oil on canvas,14 x 11 inches

Paul Gagner, Faking Your Death, 2016, oil in canvas, 9x12 inches

Paul Gagner, Artist As a Man of the World, 2015, oil on canvas,  20x16 inches

Paul Gagner, Coping With Imaginary Foes, 2015, oil on canvas, 9x12 inches

Paul Gagner, Hairscaping, 2015, oil on canvas, 26x30 inches

Paul Gagner, Talk Arty To Me, 2015, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches SOLD

Paul Gagner, Fortify Your Delicate Ego,2015, oil on canvas, 12x16 inches

Danielle Orchard, The Up Close, 2017, oil on canvas, 32 x 30 inches

Danielle Orchard, New Best Girl, 2015, oil on canvas 32 x 30 inches

Danielle Orchard, Girl Jumping, 2016, oil on canvas 27 x 23 inches SOLD

Danielle Orchard, Old Friends, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 24 inches

Danielle Orchard, Old Friends, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 24 inches

Danielle Orchard, Red Smoker, 2015, oil on panel 12 x 12 inches

Danielle Orchard, Without Incident, 2016, oil on canvas 18 x 16 inches

Danielle Orchard, Self Care, 2017, oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches

Repot, 2017, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Danielle Orchard, First and Last Chance, 2016, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Danielle Orchard, Closed Twice, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches