Showing posts from October, 2013

REVIEW - Sarah Awad “The Women” at Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts, Hollywood, California

When looking at contemporary painting, many artists combine and use various styles and approaches that may seem contradictory, and at times, challenges notions of a pure style or a visual language. Sarah Awad, in her first solo show at Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts, approaches painting and the structure of the nude figure using various modes from the modern past.

Sarah Awad masterfully is able to combine elements of both modernism and post modernist style. The figures and the composition allude to the early 20th Century painters such as Matisse and Picasso. The composition and pastel colors are reminiscent of Neo-Expressionist painters such as David Salle and Eric Fischel. The women in her paintings are cast in various poses. They’re at times sitting and standing, and the color insinuates both passion and intensity. The figures show both a strength and vulnerability with their poses. The area around the women is not recognizable as to any location. However, the structure points to an a…

Lucy McKenzie in A Bigger Splash from The Tate, London, England

Are these paintings or a stage set? Artist Lucy McKenzie presents us with an elegant room, complete with fake marbling, trompe l'oeil radiators and the scuffs and stains of years of inhabitation.

This imaginary room was inspired by Muriel Spark's 1963 novella The Girls of Slender Means, and was used as a back-drop for a recent film. McKenzie talks to TateShots about challenging expectations of what a painting can be. Lucy McKenzie's work is shown in A Bigger Splash, a new exhibiton at Tate Modern that explores the relationship between painting and performance art.

A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance 
Tate Modern: Exhibition 14 November 2012 -- 1 April 2013

Phil Kim "Inuendo" at Bolivar Cafe/Gallery, Santa Monica, California


curated by Kio Griffith

ARTIST RECEPTION: OCTOBER 5, 2013 from 8 to 10pm


1741 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Cafe Bolivar offers great locally roasted Latin American coffees and Venezuelan Arepas.
Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 8:30 pm Sat: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Bolivar Cafe / Gallery + Cafemode proudly present "Innuendo" solo show by PHIL KIM

My practice explores the fluctuating metafiction of paint – self-referencing itself as a material object in conflict with the nature of creating an image that invokes and recalls preconceived notions of palpable objects, brain stimuli or even images from our own mental database. I question the metaphysical aspect of what a painting is – the illusion that the painted object or subject is real, but if one starts to reason, it is just pigment on canvas, and just actors playing a scene.

The constant consumption of pixelated images, the vicarious living…

Stephanie Pryor "New Work" at Marine Contemporary, Venice, California

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

— Robert Frost

Marine Contemporary is delighted to present Stephanie Pryor’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. In this new body of work, which has been developed over the past two years, Pryor will be presenting a selection of large-scale landscape and figurative paintings. Pryor’s portraiture has long captured the emotional complexities of her subjects in shapes and in palettes at least as if not more evocative than descriptive. And now, alongside her acclaimed work with the figure, a reinvigorated interest in the narrative might travel in tandem. Pryor builds her images by diluting acrylic pigment and then layering it to generate discernible luminosity and depth between and among the myriad washes of embedded pigment. In her surfaces, she’s looking at the Nordic styles, and the Flemish Renaissance; but in her style of rendering,
she looks to a certain studied mannerist naivete, an elegant Outsider gestura…