Here, on plastic food packaging, advertisement signs, pill tins, hook-on racing car numbers… Cass paints his seascapes – things of beauty in themselves, celebratory, but also more subtly exploring the terrifying fallout of the Anthropocene.
Critics choice: The Herald
Every artwork David Cass has created since leaving art school is united by a relentless illustration of water: in its presence, abundance, absence. As his practice has developed, so too has the imagery through which he has presented this ongoing study. As painted bodies of water have filled and risen, thicker marks and more permanent paints have become flooding and over-spilling. From imagination – or exaggeration – in the case of his Overpaintings, to documentary in the case of his Almería, Florence, Venice and Paris works.
The notion of a rising horizon is both evocative and timely. Sea level is rising. This new global phenomenon needs our attention. Cass’s series of paintings creatively pose the topic from dozens of diverse perspectives, upon a variety of supports. Despite appearing to be playful in form, these paintings act as a kind of miniature icepick to the brain, raising awareness.
John Englander: oceanographer & author