Duane Slick is a figurative painter whose body of work subtly and elusively captures the figure in motion. These light figures are shadow portraits of Slick and his friends. Often commanding a double take, Slick's materials are called into question - they look more like creations in smoke and light than acrylic on canvas. With a nod towards his Native American heritage, Slick's artwork references a nature-based land, serene and dreamlike. Evoking a realm of slowed motion and gesture, Slick seems to have harnessed a subconscious state where corporeal material has left and spirit remains.
For the past few years I have been involved in this series of paintings, "Instructions on the Care and Use of White Space." Its title is derived from the cultural traditions of oration within the Native American culture. I am an enrolled member of the Sauk and Fox Nation of Iowa (Mesquakie); my mother's tribe is the Winnebago Nation of Nebraska (Ho-Chunk).
The ground is the first stage for the painting. In this series of work, I have attempted to state that the ground is the painting. Shadows and White Space exist in the ground that is the painting. Atmosphere and luminosity exist thick as soup that suspend motion and time, as the figure speaks, smokes, or motions.