In a lunar month, the moon goes through a repertoire of phases, from new moon when it is in shadow to full moon when it appears as a bright white circle back to new moon at which point the cycle begins anew. It’s appearance as well as it’s pull on us is constantly shifting. At the same time it returns to familiar points.
Nature is constantly in flux. Any attempt to study, represent or understand it makes one very aware of this. It is fascinating yet very elusive. It moves too fast to make sense of it. Nature is also cyclic. This problem can be approached with a strategy.
I am routinely placing myself in environments at specific times to observe and interact with the moon. Over the years, my knowledge and understanding of it accumulate and the experience somehow deepens. The moon however always remains beyond my grasp.
Known primarily as a painter, David Niec has always also made sketches while outdoors. His drawings are made with micron ink pens and ink washes. Approaching the paper almost like an etching plate, he creates layers of small marks. It feels as if he is not simply rendering or recording but trying to imprint the very notion of night onto the page. The drawings hold immense depth and subtly of shadow and nuance. He says that to the eye, the night sky is full of visual activity and texture. He captures this sense of richness in the drawings.
David Niec earned his BFA in painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1988. He has had solo exhibitions at Dean Jensen Gallery, The Alice Wilds, Grace Chosy (Madison), The Land Gallery (New Mexico). He was an artist in residence at Gallery 224, Port Washington, WI. and at The Land/An Art Site in New Mexico. His work is in the collections of David Nash, North Wales; Concordia University Art Gallery; Mark Iwinski, Durham, NC.
2019 Artservency, The First Year, Gallery 224, Port Washington, WI
2018 In the Expanse of Nighttime, The Alice Wilds Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2016 The Same But Different, Gallery 224, Port Washington, WI
2015 Where the Night, The Moon and The Waters Meet, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2015 A Study in Light, The Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Review, David Niec: Artist-in-Residence at Lake Twelve Preserve. A Wealth of Nature.
Review, Man and the Moon. Urban Milwaukee. Todd Mrozinski
Concordia University Art Gallery, Mequon, WI
David Nash, private collector, Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales
The Land: An Art Site, Albuquerque, NM
Dean Jensen, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
74% Moonset over Lake Michigan, 2020. Ink on paper. 11.5 x 9 inches