Darren Waterston, Island, 2012, oil on wood panel, 16 x 20".

Darren Waterston

DC Moore Gallery

Darren Waterston, Island, 2012, oil on wood panel, 16 x 20".

Grand, visionary landscapes unfold across the seventeen oil paintings from 2012 in Darren Waterston’s exhibition at DC Moore, all of which appear on gessoed wood panels (with the exception of Edifice, which is on canvas) and vary in size from large to small. The exquisitely strange scenes are based on nature. Meticulously drawn pine trees proliferate throughout, forming a dark ring around the luminous center of City of Sun, growing from a spindly, desiccated trunk in City on the Edge, or looming above an outcrop of rock in Island.

In the last of the works, a small, abstracted city sits beneath three trees. If the city is a synecdoche for the earth, the pustulelike red stars glowing in the sky may signal the planet’s fate—feverish red being the color of a dying star. Likewise, the bubblelike “knots” that seem to grow on the trunk of the central tree may be cancerous tumors,

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