September 25, 2009 – October 20, 2009

Adam Cave Fine Art Gallery

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New paintings by Ed Trask
September 25 - October 20, 2009

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 25th
7-9 pm


Kaleidoscope skies battle with past history in Ed Trask’s dynamic landscapes in the exhibit of his new work, "Richmond to Raleigh: Wires to Rails" opening with a reception at Adam Cave Fine Art on September 25th. Some of his recognizable landmarks demand reflection; others remind us of similar scenes in our own personal histories.

Beneath Trask’s bold, rhythmic brush strokes hover almost forgotten themes of preservation, spirituality, and social equity. He looks to a kind of lost past for inspiration where the original use of a building or road is gone, progress devoid of preservation. This occurs in a painting of the now defunct, monolithic facade of the Fulton Gas Works or his upward view of an old railroad trestle with a train of freight cars rolling by, complete with appropriate graffiti written by hoboes as messages to the next occupants.

Behind every painting is a story for Ed Trask. As a punk rock drummer with Avail and other bands, he toured the world sketching the views he observed from the bus. Hence, the numerous occasional breaks for utility poles in his traveling scenes, many reminiscent of family car trips we all took as children. Trask, himself, has moved into the family realm with two children, a wife, and a bicycle, devoting most of his career time to his art.

Of course, this is a natural transition for a diverse guy like Trask who has an art degree from VCU in Richmond, VA. Ed has been covering that city’s walls with huge murals for years, with or without permission. Richmond’s industrial district, built at the turn of the last century continues to be a wealth of subject material for the artist although, in this show, he also explores old urban Raleigh, NC and lots of back roads in between.

New works by Ed Trask will be on exhibit at Adam Cave Fine Art from September 25th until October 20th. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception on Friday, September 18th from 7-9pm. The gallery is located on the second floor at 115 ½ East Hargett Street in a vintage building in the revitalized downtown Raleigh area.


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