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L&\;M Arts is pleased to present Inter + Vista\, an exhibition of new work by artist Jonathan Wateridge . For his inaugural exhibition in Los Angeles\, Wateridge divides the two g alleries into distinct groupings\, pairing his formal\, densely structured paintings in one space and his more organic\, lyrical canvases in the other . Together\, they present a gamut of painterly problems\, representing the artist’s current exploration into the relationship of this traditional medi um to the shifting images of contemporary life.

Continuing his practice of building life-sized se ts as maquettes for his work\, for this exhibition Wateridge explores the m icrocosmic details of these scenes. His new works focus on the slight\, eve n banal\, gestures that\, when removed from a narrative context\, provide v isual insight into our collective aesthetic. In Boy on Wall (2012)\, the curvilinear flesh of the boy peering over a wall clashes with the aust ere\, brutalist architecture of the man-made structure he climbs. Together\ , they form a cohesive palette of oft-conflicting tendencies in modern pain ting- realism and formalism- challenging their categorical separation and a rguing that a bridge between the two can be found within the medium.

Wateridge further marries th e techniques of painting with the conditions of the natural world\, using e lements such as fog and glass to abstract the images. Evident in such works as Fog (2012)\, the familiar silhouettes of the women on the rocks are distanced from a realistic depiction by a blurring cloud of wet air. In Glass Doors (2012)\, the outlines of the figures are distorted by t hick panes of glass\, put into motion as the characters pass through the do ors. Using a de-saturated palette\, Wateridge creates distance between the viewer and these common\, relatable events. We often see the subject in a v oyeuristic manner\, as if we are catching them in an odd moment. A woman qu ickly removes her coat before entering an elevator in Lift II (2012) and an old man peers through the curtains depicted in Blind (2012). In both works we view the subject from behind\, as if they do not know the y are being watched. Wateridge explains:

My hope is that by paring back context and gesture and b y heightening the staged simplicity of the environments\, narrative and mea ning are actually opened up. These paintings cross reference each other bot h formally and narratively in richer ways than some of the more notionally connected images that I've previously made.

Jonathan Wateridge was born in Zambia and attended th e Glasgow School of Art. He work has been shown extensively\, including exh ibitions at The Saatchi Gallery\, Francois Pinault Foundation's Palazzo Gra ssi in Venice\, and All Visual Arts in London. He lives and works in London .

DTEND:20130316 DTSTAMP:20140416T185822 DTSTART:20130117 GEO:33.990079;-118.459967 LOCATION:L&M Arts\, Los Angeles\,660 Venice Boulevard \nVenice\, CA 90291 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Inter + Vista\, Jonathan Wateridge UID:252499 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130117T200000 DTSTAMP:20140416T185822 DTSTART:20130117T180000 GEO:33.990079;-118.459967 LOCATION:L&M Arts\, Los Angeles\,660 Venice Boulevard \nVenice\, CA 90291 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Inter + Vista\, Jonathan Wateridge UID:252500 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR