ARENA 1 Gallery is pleased to present abstrac’tive measures, a group show of a diverse yet cohesive group of artists working in the abstract genre. Los Angeles-based gallerist and curator Carl Berg, who has investigated this theme in several exhibitions over the last decade, is curator of the exhibition. The seven California-based artists, six of whom reside in Los Angeles, offer visually diverse and conceptually varied viewpoints of abstraction. The works range in media and style with each artist presenting her/his own form of abstraction.Linda Besemer will present paintings using her distinctive technique of works made with no means of support other than the paint itself. This unique process defies the convention of painting delivering it into a crossbreeding of painting and sculpture. Her works are generally made with dense geometric patterns that are masterfully created with paint as the only medium.Andy Kolar will present both paintings and sculptures in this exhibition. Culled from his own imagination Kolar presents paintings and sculpture that are intuitive yet considered, shaping a strong formal presence, nonetheless revealing the touch of the hand as the viewer approaches his paintings more closely. His sensitive use of line and his exquisite use of color create works that are subtle and powerful.
David McDonald will present new large-scale sculpture for this exhibition. McDonald’s current works have emerged from a deliberate and continuous evolution over the last decade. McDonald sculptures from the 1990s were generally small subtle works that contained very little color. However in the last decade McDonald has not only put color into his work but also has upped the scale. The newest works, though larger and more colorful, still present an underlying quietness that has been a mainstay in his work for nearly two decades. -more-
Monique van Genderen will present a recent series of paintings for this exhibition that continue her complex painting vocabulary of abstraction within the boundaries of the six by four foot panels. In the artist’s own words, “These paintings which read from light to dark, left to right seem to be in various states of completion. Paint hangs on the surface, exposing the structure of the panel, not unlike various states of a dress a model for couture might display…”
Margo Victor will present a short abstract film that, for the opening night of the show, will be projected on a film projector. The piece originally created on film presents an abstract form not unlike a Joseph Albers field panting. The piece, which was created using film technique rather than a computer graphic technique, presents a tangible yet visceral quality that is often lost in the digital realm.
Patrick Wilson will present paintings and works on paper in his mesmeric style that illuminates the visual experience through his sophisticated use of light and color. Wilson subtle nuances of shape and color are perfected in complex shifts presenting work that seduces the viewer into Wilson’s own abstract world.
Richard Wilson will present a series of his multi-panel sculptural paintings. His works are abstract color fields composed of several panels of varying sizes and depths forming large vertical abstractions. His paintings combine time, light, color and atmospheric effects, which are inspired by nature, music and childhood memories. California’s nature and its abundant color have inspired his works over the years. Music on the other hand has added rhythm and order to his paintings.