Stan Vanderbeeks' first solo exhibition in Los Angeles is nothing short of spectacular. On view at the Box are a selection of Vanderbeek’s collages and prints that were used in his films as moving
images. The collages are breathtaking: they are stylish, smart and beautifully rendered pen on photographs, clippings of Greek and Roman sculptures and tear-outs of fashion magazines. Upstairs in the gallery, the collages are accompanied by a re-creation Vanderbeek’s “Panels for the Walls of the World, Telephone/Fax Mural” (1970) which uses an overhead projector and a fax, constantly moving and projecting images on the wall panels situated in a half circle. These almost outdated machines bring life to Vanderbeek’s drawings and overlap, recreate moving collages, images and photographs. Downstairs are larger drawings as well as collages and writings by the artist. This
exhibition is comprised of several media and a long timeline (between 1955-1983) but the work evolves. Vanderbeek’s work is clever, it has an idiosyncrasy and an aesthetic manner that roots it in the 1950’s but doesn’t make it feel nostalgic or precious. The drawings on photographs are thoughtful, integrating what is drawn over with the found images effectively. The Box has succeeded in presenting a miniature retrospective and picking out the very best of the best from Vanderbeek’s career.
(Images from top to bottom: Stan VanDerBeek, A La Mode Collage; Stan VanDerBeek, Untitled)