Friday, March 16, 2012

Dennis Hollingsworth | Michael Kohn Gallery

Dennis Hollingsworth: Terestrial
March 23 - May 4, 2012

Michael Kohn Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent paintings by Los Angeles-based artist, Dennis Hollingsworth. At the heart of Hollingsworth's practice is a rigorous fidelity to the dichotomous nature of painting. Simultaneously materialist and conceptual, abstract and figurative,
textual and painterly, Hollingsworth makes us question the étre of painting in the way Donald Judd did with the object.
Structure plays an integral role in these luxuriously rich, dense works, allowing the painting to take on a sculptural identity. Paint is dropped, both marbled and monochrome, and scraped up with scrapers and drywall knives. Tools are invented in order to achieve intended effects, such as daubers made of balled up knit fabric (which delivers flower-like forms which he then rocks into a bed of paint) or origami-like pincers that he uses to pull the spines off the monads. Spatulas and various knives are used in abundance. Brushes are cut and thinned into specific shapes and rarely does he rely on them as they
are sold in stores.
Re-working the identity of painting, Hollingsworth presents the viewer with an existential conundrum that demands an awareness and a re-shaping of our own process of seeing. First you are asked to confront the sheer physicality of the work, which repositions the painting as a sculptural object and then back again, a never-ending balancing act between two different practices. Slowly the conceptual underpinnings and gestalt effect take hold as forms emerge and disappear, demanding a unique and powerful engagement with the work.
Dennis Hollingsworth received his M.F.A. at the Claremont Graduate School in 1991. He has exhibited widely throughout Europe and the U.S. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; Galerie Miguel Marcos, Barcelona.

Tel: 323 658 8088 Fax: 323 658 8068
Tuesday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 11 am - 6 pm

Friday, March 9, 2012

MItchell Syrop | Thomas Soloman Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, March 10, 6 - 8 PM
Mitchell Syrop: Bifurcated Life
Mar 10 - Apr 21

Thomas Solomon Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by the artist Mitchell Syrop entitled,Bifurcated Life. This is the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Bifurcated Life is a series of 28 images, derived from notebook pages, both written and viewed in succession. The work evolves through a series of statements sometimes repeating themselves while transmuting in the process and eventually pushing the boundaries of language and representation.

Taken as a whole, the piece plays like a song. Pages can be grouped together and a viewer can conceive of sets of images within the larger body that resemble verses and refrains. After five repetitions of statements revolving around the theme of bifurcation, the piece transitions into its next movement.

Written from an interior perspective, the work resounds with existential tones that reflect on the dialectic of writing as creation and the embodiment of the artist’s divided public and private personas. In this case we find that the writing reveals secrets the author might not make known to himself.

The piece assumes a responsibility that negates the assumption that language is an indispensable nucleus of communication. Statements which can only be read through phonetic pronunciation unravel into what appear more like symbols; words become as divided as their meanings.

Mitchell Syrop's work has been widely exhibited in America and throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia. The artist has participated in a number of significant group exhibitions including Tomorrow Land: A Tribute to CalArts, MOMA (2006) and Forest of Signs, MOCA, Los Angeles (1989). His work is represented in prominent collections, including MOCA, Los Angeles, LACMA, ICP NYC, San Diego Museum of Art, and the Orange County Museum of Art.

Thomas Solomon Gallery

427 Bernard St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

323 275 1687

Monday, March 5, 2012

Re:Cut | Fil Rüting + John Pearson @ TAM Last week

Jan 21 - March 10, 2012

3 Installations by
Mclean Farnstock, Michael Kelly, Fil Rüting

3 curated selections of video including work by:
Chris Coy, Valerie Green, Masood Kamandy, William Kaminski, Zach Kleyn, Owen Kydd, Lisa Madonna, Jesse McLean, John Pearson, Nicole Sloan, Joe Sola

RE:CUT features video artists that play with appropriation, cinema, and the imagined space created within video and film. By deconstruction and re-imagining footage that has already had a life in the world, these artists expand the familiar into new, multi-faceted installations and single-channel videos.

Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503

Tuesday - Saturday
From 11 am - 5 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, and all major holidays