David Baggarly & Tim McDonald
Extasy & Enstasy
..the wild freedom of the dance, extasy
silent solitary illumination, enstasy..
The two lines above from American poet Gary Snyder’s “What You Should Know to Be a Poet” describe the foundation upon which this exhibition is based. The two bodies of work act in counterpoint to each other.
The first, mixed media paintings by David Baggarly, are a dance of color, materials, symbols, and processes that build to a bursting visual climax reflecting a mystic’s ecstatic worldview, philosophy, and faith.
In counterpoint, Tim McDonald’s collages, made up of found papers and marks, canvas remnants, and tape, are born from an immersion in Zen Buddhism and offer a quiet contemplative approach; like listening to snow fall.
Both artists, through contrasting approaches, are exploring paths toward a communion or attunement with what might be referred to as the oneness to which all things return.