Conduit Gallery presents David Canright: "Suspicious Packages" opening reception
Not long after the events of September 11, 2001, David Canright came across a child’s backpack, bright, playful and abandoned on the street. He retrieved it, to the horror of onlookers, and determined it had simply been lost by an innocent tyke. “You could have been killed!” some fellow pedestrian bemused, portending that innocent objects should now be treated as potential weapons of mass destruction. That moment stuck with him.
"Suspicious Packages," Canright’s new body of work, is a series of pastel drawings of just that: curious objects that have been haphazardly wrapped in a variety of materials, and tied off with rope, left alone on train platforms and bathroom stalls. They each carry their own personality, several even have a bit of something poking its head out of the rubble. They all suggest a story, but don’t go much farther than that. The perspective is that of an onlooker stooped over curiously, like we’re seeing these pieces in the location that they have been dropped off. Tension surrounds these images, in the taut folds of plastic and paper, and in the austere mystery of not knowing who or what they were meant for.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through July 13.