On view March 20 – April 17, 2010
Kim Dorland's new show, entitled "1991" at Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica takes a stroll through memory lane. Dorland's paintings portray a nostalgia, but not so much longing for its past. There is an unease that permeates the paintings that go back from both longing for the past and feeling the dread of the teenage angst that is prevalent during those years. The paintings portray teenagers and youth hanging out at a parking lot at night, an intimate moment between a couple in the forest, high school portraits with the face splattered upon to suburban landscapes of the artist's environment.
The Dorland's recent work plays out of memory as both specific to place, but abstract to the persons that reflect upon the subject. It is apparent in Dorland's technique and style. Dorland's painting go from being expressionistic and abstract in the composition of figures and persons, geometric detail as to the suburban landscape and graffiti environment. It is as if the individual is an abstraction, but the emotions and environment has a specificity that is prevalent in the artist's memory. The show is beautiful and haunting. The year 1991 for the artist maybe specific as to the environment, but the Dorland wants to keep the memories and feelings as an abstraction. Teen angst so powerful, that they blur into a subjective reality.
Mark Moore Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue A-1
Santa Monica CA 90404
Tel 310 453 3031 Fax 310 453 3831
Brown Tree, Green Tree
Eastview Sev #2 (detail)
There Ain't No Cure for Love
All photos courtesy of Mark Moore Gallery.