Exhibition: April 5th-26th

Cannon Dill

Cannon’s dual conflict of man and nature remains evident as he works in the classic wood grain, rustic, fine line detail of work. Cannon takes on a new form as he introduces color into his palate. Between the sharp lines a new liquid, oozing between the idea of innards and substance. The colors strike and dawn the perimeters of the artist’s narrative scale. At first glance, Heavy Water becomes the feeling of the pinnacle, folksy storytelling from Cannon, leaving the title of the show to stand for the organs produced. Dictating the scale of proportions, this narrative begins to set this rule. We also gain the magnitude and importance in the large scale murals that Cannon produces; a direct translation of size within his work. The approach reprises the undertones that Cannon consistently aims for. A sense of detachment from the wonders of the simple world bring an awareness of the current harrowing & dismissal of nature, present in the subject a new idea of reason, awareness & introspective thinking forms within the subjects he draws.

“Heavy Water,” Oakland artist Cannon Dill’s first solo gallery show at LeQuiVive brings an extensive collection of the artist’s remarkable works primarily seen on the San Francisco Bay Area streets into a dynamic gallery exhibition. In many ways, this exhibit marks the commencement of Dill and fellow Oakland artist Brett Flanigan’s month-long, cross-country project beginning in May to paint murals in a dozen cities nationally. From a phonograph top to a pair of handsaws, Dill’s rustic illustrations upon found objects with a growing color palate and detailed line work displays a convoluted emotional and metaphysical narrative that explores the effects of progressing human encroachment upon natural systems of life within a disciplined, comprehensive body of work. – oaklandartenthusiast.com