The current exhibition at City Hall, Sites (Revisited): Seth Daulton, is on exhibit from June 1 – July 31 with a closing reception to be announced. The exhibit features some of Seth’s newer, and larger, prints from his “Site” series and follows his successful exhibit last fall at Houston’s Dillon Kyle Architects.
Seth Daulton is represented by Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston, TX. For more information on the Nicole Longnecker Gallery, please click here.
Seth is currently working as Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.
Artist Statement: “My visual exploration is driven by my phenomenological interaction with travel and the hyper-awareness that occurs when visiting unfamiliar places. I seek out the unanticipated. I create ethereal images that call for an introspective response from the viewer. The artwork serves as a pathway to reach uncharted destinations that defy articulation and are in constant motion. There exists an interstice between our lived experience and memory. My work probes this ambiguous zone and attempts to render its description visually. Ultimately, the destinations I search for are unknowable and just out of reach. However, my artistic search embodies a relevant practice of looking, providing some direction to find their true whereabouts.
My works are initiated from sources recorded in locations I have discovered. I am captivated and inspired by objects, places and things that hold a specific but timeless quality. They can transcend time and idiosyncrasy. I present the viewer with something they may have seen or witnessed in their lives, but through my visual interpretation causes them to experience it differently. Familiarity with the sites that I present is not a requirement of my viewers. However, if the work can feel recognizable to an audience, embodying a lived experience without being experienced firsthand, then it introduces an interesting idea: How can one depict a space that is both familiar, but never known directly?
The challenge of presenting an image of great depth and captivating believability upon an inherently flat plane is fascinating to me. The use of malleable media relates to my conceptual focus of reaching for a space in between experience and memory. There is no direct link to the real spaces that inspire my works or the new places I am presenting, but only materials attempting to describe an ethereal plane that is both fleeting and opulent. How can a viewer enter a surface psychologically and be in the space they are seeing? This is a question I persistently strive to answer. If I can find a way to enchant the viewer, make them wander within in the image even for a moment, then I have done my job successfully. My work then rises above its materiality and enters into a deeper realm of experience.”
The Gallery Wall at City Hall will exhibit two local artists per year, an exhibition of Georgetown Independent School District Advanced Placement student artwork, and an exhibition of Southwestern University student artwork. The exhibitions are by invitation and are designed to align with current Georgetown Arts and Culture Programming. To be considered for an invitation by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, local artists may submit their resume and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured below: Seth Daulton; “Site LVI”; Lithography, monotype, and paper lithography; 15″ x 22″; 2020