From mona press release:
"David Hendren's new paintings and installation at the Museum of New Art (MONA) offer passages, entrances and exits, detours and cul-de-sacs, and repeatedly asks the viewer to come to a new decision about abstraction in the new millennium. These different possibilities of abstraction — opening new doors, often while moving backward in space — engender new spatial constellations..."
David, a first year Cranbrook student already has the "cranbrook" vocabulary down. I think that some of his paintings are strong while a couple seemed more like studies or works from an earlier, more tentative series. I most enjoyed the abstract "painting come alive" installation that combined neon lights, water pools, spray painted plexi, and tangled cords and cables. The painting and installation set side by side compliment and answer one another yet I wonder if the artist will end up combining the two medias in the future.