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David Amico
Ace Gallery- Beverly Hills
9430 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
June 20, 2008 - August 30, 2008

Los Angeles Times July 25, 2008. Around The Galleries by Christopher Knight (Times Art Critic) Accidental art that transforms

David Amico at Ace Gallery Beverly Hills. There's something almost Japanese about David Amico's 20 "Drift-Trace" paintings at the Ace Gallery Beverly Hills. An almost hyper-refined affinity for beauty achieved by accident marks these luminous large-scale works. A swoosh of gray paint might appear to be a calligraphic brush stroke, except that its defined edges belie spontaneity. A shape suggestive of a horizontal squeegee mark is filled in with stippled color, presumably made by dabbing the brush. Delicate linear webs, seemingly random, are carefully traced over with what appears to be oil stick. Amico's paintings derive from flotsam and jetsam picked up on urban streets around his studio -- bits of paper, cardboard, plastic and more. Reliance on discarded materials is venerable, at least since Kurt Schwitters in Germany nearly a century ago and including the abundant work made with down-market trash that was probably the hallmark of this year's Whitney Biennial. But Amico's work is distinctive in transforming the source, which slowly reveals itself. The swoosh might be packing tape, the stippled squeegee mark a random stain, the webs the residue of crumpled paper unfolded and pressed flat. The paintings emerge as an accumulation of aesthetic choices, conducted as a dialogue with what is given but overlooked. They blossom like flowers. Ace Gallery Beverly Hills, 9430 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 959-9090, through Aug. 30. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Posted by Ace Gallery on 7/25/08 | tags: Drift-Trace schwitters Whitney biennial Amico David

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