Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Carlson Hatton at Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica,California

Carlson Hatton 
March 21 – April 18, 2015 

Carlson Hatton has an excellent show at Patrick Painter Inc., in Santa Monica, California. It is a wonderful exhibition. The canvas and images weave and cover each other forming an almost camouflage of visual imagery and form. The viewer is forced to view and focus on the surface to reveal the images.  

"Carlson Hatton’s work is ambitious in both scale and scope, and his multi-panel tableaus are a feast for the eyes. He discovered complex spatial relationships in the realm of cartoons long before he learned of the studied tenets of cubism. In the worlds of cartoons and illustration, realistic scale is secondary; action is understood in swirling masses with an occasional fist or foot. His interest lies in those visual leaps of faith required to reconcile space that is not easily understood. Hatton’s work explores what he calls the symbiotic relation or fusion of environment and figure, the passage of time, and the glow of light suggesting celestial intervention. He incorporates elements of drawing, painting, and printmaking with washes of watercolor mixed in with masking, stenciling and silk-screening to create complex layers of underlying information. In the quadriptych, Putting Out Fires With Gasoline (2013), detailed renderings are interspersed with boldly colored patterns in green, blue, and pink. Abstract motifs mingle with an identifiable human hand or leg. Each element leads the eye to another so that the viewer cannot rest their gaze on any one area for too long. His work constructs a fantastical reality in which silhouettes and motifs are woven together to defy visual coherence, while still containing vaguely identifiable components." 

Based in Los Angeles, this is Carlson Hatton’s first exhibition with Patrick Painter, Inc. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union in New York. He also completed post-graduate studies at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, and The Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He has exhibited recently at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA and the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA. He currently teaches at Santa Monica College."

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Otto Piene: Light Ballet, 1969

This installation by Otto Piene, Light Ballet (1969), was presented by the gallery Moeller Fine Art (New York) at Armory Show 2015.

Otto Piene (1928-2014) was one of the members of the group ZERO, which he founded with Heinz Mack in 1957, with G√ľnther Uecker joining the group in 1961. In 1957, Piene developed the Grid Picture, from 1959 he created the Lichtballette (“Light Ballet”), kinetic installations where light was projected through grids. Otto Piene represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 1967 and 1971, and exhibited at documenta in Kassel, Germany, in 1959, 1964 and 1977. In 2008, Piene founded the international ZERO foundation. In 2014, he had a huge exhibition at Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.

Otto Piene: Light Ballet, 1969, at Moeller Fine Art at The Armory Show 2015. The Armory Show, New York, March 4, 2015.

Video by Enrico

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On Fred Tomaselli "The Times"

All us artists really are just trying to wipe everyone's eyes clean and clear, our own included; I think a lot of artists are basically saying to their viewers, 'Pay attention to this, I find this interesting.' —Fred Tomaselli

The work of Fred Tomaselli is all about vision. When one thinks about the word and concept of "vision," it can either refer to what you see optically, the span and scope of what one sees with their senses, or the forward ideas that guide one's life. In Tomaselli's art, vision refers to what one see's, but how that vision is both enhanced and expanded by the artists' reflection of the world. In his solo show entitled "The Times," currently at the Orange County Museum of Art, Tomaselli introduces the viewer to his vision in both his earlier paintings and with his latest, and most current, body of work which uses photos and images from the New York Times.  

When you look at Tomaselli's earlier paintings, the viewer cannot be passive. A mere glance of the work is insufficient to unlock the secrets that Tomaselli seeks to reveal. The paintings are fantastic in their depictions of nature, birds and the human form. Colors and forms are prevalent in their covering of the canvas. The vision is psychedelic and places the viewer in a near alternative state of mind. Looking afar is not enough. Tomaselli wants to reveal his secrets behind the vision he presents to the viewer. When the viewer moves closer, one sees pills, marijuana leaves, photos of eyes and other images. Tomaselli wants the viewer to know that the experiences of his paintings are the result of the altered mind. The origins are revealed. 

Revealing what is not seen is also a concern with Fred Tomaselli's recent works entitled "The Times," which revolve around photos from the New York Times. The main impetus of the Tomaselli's current show is his altering photos using various media to reveal an expressiveness that is meant to be a revelation. What is Tomaselli revealing to the viewer? Tomaselli is connecting his inner self as they relate to the events or the persons that are being portrayed in the New York Times. Like the drugs and images that unlock the images contained in his earlier paintings, the events of the world act as such a catalyst. The artist is reacting to the political and the historical situation that is portrayed in the photographs from the New York Times. The reaction is the product that Tomaselli is exhibiting in "The Times."

"The Times" demonstrates both a consistency and a new direction from the previous paintings. The works demonstrate both revelation and connecting a new vision from the familiar that's given to the public in the New York Times. As long as there is a daily paper, Fred Tomaselli has new opportunities to give the viewer something new and something that is traced from the earlier works. Tomaselli next revelation might just be on the newsstand tomorrow."Each morning," he concludes, "I wake up, plod out to the kitchen, grab my cup of coffee, spread open the paper, and tend to the garden of my times." 

Fred Tomaselli (born 1956, Santa Monica, CA) has had numerous solo exhibitions including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2014) and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014); a survey exhibition at Aspen Art Museum (2009) that toured to Tang and Brooklyn Museums(2010); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2004) toured to four venues in Europe and the US; Albright-Knox Gallery of Art (2003); Site Santa Fe (2001); Palm Beach ICA (2001), and Whitney Museum of American Art (1999). His works have been included in international biennial exhibitions including Sydney (2010); Prospect 1 (2008); Site Santa Fe (2004); Whitney (2004) and others. Tomaselli’s work can be found in the public collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Albright Knox Gallery; and Museum of Contemporary Art, LA.

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