April 4 - May 4, 2024

Opening Reception: April 4

6 - 8 pm

Bonner David Galleries

22 E. 81st St. #1

New York, NY 10028

929. 226. 7800

Located in famous "Museum Mile," one block from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chuck Close began his career next door. Just four blocks from Castelli Gallery, where Rauschenberg, Johns, Twombly, etc., made their mark on art history in the 50's. It's an honor to be exhibiting in this stunning space, in this storied neighborhood, with its deep connection to so many of my artistic heroes.

- D.M.S.

"Abstract art is music for the eyes."

- David Michael Slonim



(Artist's Statement)

Bonner David Galleries, New York

April 4 - May 4, 2024

Looking at the paintings in DEFYING GRAVITY, I see visual echoes from my past—stained-glass windows in my mom’s church; the colorful box kite I flew with my dad; Peanuts cartoons playing on the TV.


They also recall the reproductions of Picasso, Calder, Moore, and Van Gogh which hung in my childhood home. Clearly, the playfulness in their work has found its way into mine.


Some of the paintings take me even further back—to a building toy called Playplax: brightly colored, translucent plastic squares. As far back as I can remember, I was making abstract color structures.


But painting is not about communicating a pre-conceived idea; it’s a process of discovery. Like my artistic heroes, such as Miro, Diebenkorn, and Calder, I believe that the act of painting is revelatory. As Robert Motherwell said, “The subject does not pre-exist. It emerges out of the interaction between the artist and the medium.” 1 


I never know what a painting is about until it is finished, and often, even then, it can’t be expressed in words. In this way abstract painting works very much like music.


A painting is finished not when it says what I meant to say, but when I feel it calm my body and mind; when it suddenly “breathes,” becoming a harmony that sparks the imagination and lifts my mood. This moment is always a bit of a shock.


Life’s uncertainties and burdens are a fact of life. But a painting that conveys soul, and love, and even joy, is a gift that enables those who enjoy it to momentarily defy gravity.


- David Michael Slonim



(1) Robert Motherwell, “A Process of Painting,” in The Collected Writings of Robert Motherwell, ed. Stephanie Terenzio (New York, Oxford University Press, 1992), 139.


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