Chester Arnold
Arrivals and Departures
1999
oil on linen
42 x 50 inches
CAp 19 

Chester Arnold
East Coast
1996
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 07 

Chester Arnold
The Effects of Bad Government #2
1996
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 08
 

Chester Arnold
Modus Operandi II
1997
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 13
 

Chester Arnold
Ein Kunstlerleben (An Artist's Life)
1999
oil on linen 
42 x 50 inches 
CAp 18 

Chester Arnold
Ein Kunstlerleben (An Artist's Life)
1999
oil on linen 
42 x 50 inches 
CAp 18 

Chester Arnold
Empire of the Tire
1999
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 23 

Chester Arnold
Reading Material
1999
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 17 
 

Chester Arnold
Landfill
1998
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 21 
 

Chester Arnold
Tired Landscape
1999
oil on linen
36 x 42 inches
CAp 16 

Chester Arnold
Meadowlands
1999
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 24 
 

Chester Arnold
Bad Road
1999
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 25 

Chester Arnold
The Fate of Durable Goods
1999
oil on linen
42 x 50 inches
CAp 15 
 

Press Release

Material Witness-New Paintings
 
Mar 12 - Apr 3, 1999


During March, The George Adams Gallery will exhibit new paintings by Chester Arnold. The exhibition consists of a new series of paintings, inspired by the experience of cleaning out his garage in Sonoma, California, titled Material Witness. This will be Chester Arnold's second one-man exhibition at the gallery.

The paintings in the exhibition are all close-up views of the detritus of a lifetime: heaps of discarded items that mark the various stages of life from childhood to adulthood and old age. For example, among the images in The Painter's Life, 1999 are a ladder, an old shoe, a bicycle tire, a broken icebox, odd bits of plumbing, and an artist's palette. The pile in Arrivals and Departures, 1999, fills the entire canvas and includes , among other things, a doll, a cane, a bathtub, a statue of Jesus, a flag and flagpole; in the middle of it all is the artist himself rendering it all on canvas. Clearing, 1999, on the other hand, depicts the vast hole in the ground that is the ultimate destination for all these discards.


Exhibition Checklist

Clockwise from the right:


1. Empire of the Tire, 1999 
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 23

2.  Arrivals and Departures, 1999 
oil on linen
42 x 50 inches
CAp 19

3.  Ein Kunstlerleben (An Artist's Life), 1999 
oil on linen
42 x 50 inches
CAp 18

4. Clearance, 1999 
oil on linen
42 x 50 inches
CAp 20

5.  Reading Material, 1999
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 17

6.  Landfill, 1998 
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 21

7. East Coast, 1996
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 07

8. The Effects of Bad Government #2, 1996 
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 08

9. Tired Landscape, 1999 
oil on linen
36 x 42 inches
CAp 16

10. Meadowlands, 1999 
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 24

11. Bad Road, 1999 
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 25

12. Modus Operandi II, 1997 
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 13

13.The Fate of Durable Goods, 1999 
oil on linen
42 x 50 inches
CAp 15

14. Horn of Plenty, 1999
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches
CAp 22