The exhibitionWhite Sands; Ridge Runnerby cultural landscape artist David Duncan will be on view in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery August 29–September 22.

Duncan has described his ongoing interest in merging the languages of consumer culture and fine art: “In the hope of producing vital contemporary realism I have painted scenes which evoke a blending of the private and commercial self. Remote locations often used by commercial photographers as backdrops for articles of clothing and other wares are instead filled with people and things from my daily life.”

A native Virginian, Duncan lives and works in New York City where he is represented by George Billis Gallery. He earned a BFA in painting from the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a master’s candidate at Hunter College in New York City. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: Artspace and 1708 Gallery in Richmond; Bucheon Galleries in New York City and San Francisco; New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts; and Phoenix Gallery in New York City.

A reception for the artist will be held Tuesday, August 29 at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the college’s academic year.

Artist’s Statement

White Sands; Ridge Runneris an installation consisting of painting, giclée prints, and two etched nylon vests. The installation pre-documents a pending athletic performance, which may or may not be sponsored by the sportswear manufacturer L.L.Bean, Inc. Currently I await their response to a letter requesting financial assistance; this letter will also be on display within the gallery installation. Until said reply is received,White Sands; Ridge Runnercould be regarded as a piece of unsolicited cross-promotion and as my preparation for a future run through the desert at White Sands.