Mr. Treacy’s painting, It’s About Finding a Place to Disappear, was selected for the DeYoung Open Exhibition to celebrate the museum’s 125th anniversary. The show runs from October 10 to January 3, 2020. Mr. Treacy is our talented arts teacher who also teaches the Dual Enrollment Painting class.
You can view the exhibition through this link to the DeYoung website.
In this group of paintings, I place the viewer in the underbelly of the forest. Squinting through spindly sticks and feathery filaments one is beckoned into a treacherous yet thrilling journey into spaces not made for the human body. Building this world in paint is about gradually teasing something out of the forest’s murkiness. The sticks, spiderwebs and fleeting fibers coil, protrude and dangle as if to taunt. My work dwells in this magical world, but it is also rooted in my outward looking stance on Eco-justice. Choosing to paint from the landscape in the 21st century cannot be separated from the reality that our landscape is in peril. Witnessing climate change in the East Bay hills compels me to go beyond creating magical forests, but to lift up the urgency of preserving our real forests and their ecosystems. My work is about enveloping one in a miniature hinterland; the tree as a network that nourishes thousands of creatures, but is also fragile enough to spark a blaze on a windy night.