BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 CALSCALE:GREGORIAN PRODID:iCalendar-Ruby VERSION:2.0 BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:Rosamund Felsen Gallery is pleased to present its first solo ex hibition of the work of Steve Hurd\, which will include an eclectic collect ion of new oil paintings. Hurd is known for his drippy renditions of Women’ s Day Magazines and home decorating interiors in which old English Malt liq uor bottles are sprawled about.\n\nThe new paintings are meant as visual re sponses to the images they represent. Found in everyday life\, they include images from the Internet and newspaper ads. Although most of the subjects are part of popular culture\, Hurd often borrows from his own personal stas h. In a work titled\, “Should never be exhibited”\, Hurd paints a letter wr itten by a former employer scolding Hurd for his behavior. Although the let ter is harsh and embarrassing\, he claims that now as a painting it no long er has anything to do with his old job\, but is about his art and work prac tice\; in that context it’s funny to be told how to behave.\n\nThere is a m editative\, ritualistic quality inherent in his painting process\, document ed by freehand labor\, and drips\, dissolving the machine-made graphics of the source material into a vulnerable\, visceral object. As if there’s a he x or spell placed over them\, the paintings are possessed by Hurd’s obsessi ve energy.\n\nBesides works based on found material\, included for the firs t time in this exhibition are several abstractions\, a series called\, “Out burst.” They originate from unconscious scribblings done on a note pad by t he distracted artist. He edits and digitizes them with his computer\, rende ring the organic gestural markings into a mechanical stop/start action of a low res digital printout. Finally they are greatly enlarged in oil paint t o mimic the heroic proportions of ab-ex works such as those by Pollock and Kline.\n\nWith his back and forth process of wrecking things and fixing the m only to mess them up again\, the paintings have a layered history\, of a liquidy atmosphere in which some other place is being described. About his interest towards abstraction Hurd mentions\, “A good abstract painting is a lways so complete yet so nondescript. Perfect for zoning out. Who hasn’t sp aced out on a Mark Rothko?” DTEND:20060826 DTSTAMP:20140723T230317 DTSTART:20060708 GEO:34.0276049;-118.4678444 LOCATION:Rosamund Felsen Gallery\,Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Build ing B-4\nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Steve Hurd\, Steve Hurd UID:1 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20060708T200000 DTSTAMP:20140723T230317 DTSTART:20060708T170000 GEO:34.0276049;-118.4678444 LOCATION:Rosamund Felsen Gallery\,Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Build ing B-4\nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Steve Hurd\, Steve Hurd UID:2 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR