David Mitchell: Recent Photographs

May 19, 2018 - June 28, 2018

David Mitchell makes luminous abstractions that look like stained-glass windows designed by a color-field painter. Juxtaposing blocks of hot, cool and sugar-sweet colors (the spectrum veers from fauve to Necco wafer), he makes images that are at once orderly and trippy. The pictures are Mitchell’s attempts to give form to the auras he experiences as a result of left-temporal-lobe epilepsy, and they sometimes appear more atmospheric than solid, as if they were about to evanesce out of their frames.

Rooted in geometric abstraction, David Mitchell continues to translate his visions and aura sensations into color-field imagery. His process is a continued exploration of photographing collages made from a variety of materials, such as fabric, plastic, paper, and tape. The final images undergo multiple exposures, resulting in non-objective compositions that range from soft and ethereal collages to more hard, edged shapes.