In Focus: Ludwig Schwarz Painting Series Goes on Display at Dallas Museum of Art

Desktop Installation at Conduit Gallery

From October 2–November 16, 2018, on view in the Dallas Museum of Art’s concourse across from the Hoffman Gallery Untitled (series of eight paintings) by Dallas-based artist Ludwig Schwarz will be on display. A multidisciplinary artist who works across video, sculpture, installation, painting and writing, Schwarz’s wide-ranging practice is rooted in conceptualism and is sensitive to the conditions of display.  His use of color in paintings that straddle abstraction and figuration has been likened to Matisse, a comparison made evident by this series. Schwarz earned a BFA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, and an MFA from the School of Visual Art, New York, New York.

Untitled (LBC5)

The abstract compositions of these identically scaled paintings represent a variety of styles, from the geometric to the painterly, and in sequence, they resemble a row of icons. The paintings were originally exhibited in a solo show entitled Desktop at Conduit Gallery and were joined by sculptures comprising found objects, video, and text-based work in an immersive installation. 

The show’s title provides a helpful metaphor with which to understand the paintings. Desktops, be they physical or digital, act as portals to the tools and visual information we use to create and understand our world. In a text written to accompany the paintings, Schwarz explores the larger implication of this metaphor for the creative process and how creativity can emerge with, or in spite of, the clutter that inhabits our daily lives. 

Untitled (LBC8)

In the artist statement, Schwarz shared: “A desktop can be anywhere. In my mind, it’s really just a pivot point. I remember one time about seven or eight years ago my wife Marjorie and I took the ferry out of Galveston on a particularly beautiful and quite windy day. I remember it well because I took pictures and occasionally run into them on my computer’s desktop. We stood outside our car by the ferry’s railing as seagulls yelled above. Her hair was cropped short and the wind pulled it up in a swirl and she was perfect. The seagulls were amused and I was snapping shots and it seemed all of the thoughts in the world were running through my bones and exiting through my pores. A desktop is where work often gets started and sometimes even finished. Let the sound of the seagulls find me soon enough.”

For the October–November 2016 exhibition, during which the work was acquired by the DMA, Conduit Gallery described: “Schwarz frequently injects the absurd and incongruous into the “expectedly universal”; employing video, sculpture, installation and writing, working candidly and fluidly between domestic life, studio practice and inevitably, marketplace.

Focus Installation at the Dallas Museum of Art. Admission is FREE. Dma.org

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