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Walter Maciel Gallery is pleased to present a two perso n exhibition entitled Twice Removed by Greg Mocilnikar and Andy Kolar.  The show presents a dialog between two abstract painters with different perspectives\, influenc es and subject matter.  Mocilnikar and Kolar became friends during their gr aduate work at California State University\, Long Beach and had side by sid e studios following grad school.  Mocilnikar currently lives and works in L ong Beach while Kolar lives and works in the Mid City neighborhood of Los A ngeles.

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Greg Mocilnikar’s new paintings resume his interest in spatial properties transformed into delicate abstractions through experiencing and observing his surroundings.  Daily occurrences become subjects that are con ceptualized and rearranged into ephemeral interpretations and abstractions.   Unlike Mocilnikar’s previous work where the location was a significant ve hicle for the imagery\, the new series focuses less on specific destination s and more on the overall collection of experience.  The influence of both interior and exterior spaces merges in an abstracted pictorial field but al ways maintaining an overall sensibility of structure.  The imagery is subtl y created through the process of theoretically taking apart an environment in terms of scale\, form\, color and juxtaposition and re-contextualized in to overlapping markings with the void areas having an equal presence with t he clustered forms. 

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The paintings are intentionally deceptive when it comes to referential imagery and force the viewer to determine which areas are real as opposed to imagined locations.  The notion of space has been an integral part of Mocilnikar’s painting practice but now with equal attenti on given to the pictorial outcome of the physical presence and the psycholo gical implications created from the relationship of the markings. The two d imensional surfaces become a place for scattering and layering rustic pigme nts across hues of gray and neutral geometric shapes that loosely create a balance between believable spaces\, unrecognizable forms and color indicati ons. A series of black and white drawings done on paper will accompany the paintings and they create a similar visual depth that is as vulnerable and shifting as the reality they draw from. 

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Mocilnikar has had two previou s solo shows with the gallery and his work has been included in group shows at our auxiliary space in the Pacific Design Center in 2010.  Mocilnikar’s paintings are included in various corporate collections with his most rece nt acquisition by J Crew/Madewell as well as several private collections. 

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Intentionally positioned between representation and abstraction\, Andy Kolar’s work examines the formal and optical aspects of painting.  He explo res shapes\, colors and surfaces to discover the referential\, implicative and relevant potentials of select combinations and collective compositions within the totality of the painting.  His shapes range from organic blobs t o more controlled geometric forms and often present themselves as vaguely a bstracted architectural studies or topographical scenes.  However\, the com positions are truly abstract only suggesting the delivery of a narrative wi thin all of the parts.  The interpretation of visual information ranging fr om imagery to actual physical objects suggests a seemingly reductive situat ion where expectations of formal balance and aesthetics are contradicted. 

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The scale of the works and the relationships they form also play a vita l role in the overall appreciation for the comparison and shape\, color and form.  The show includes large paintings with visual elements adjusted so they have the appearance of being shoved together or moved apart resulting in the shapes having to negotiate their own positions within the compositio ns. Tension is created by the slippage between the hand-drawn and the hard- edged “sliver” form\, which appears in the composition in attempt to make t he viewer look closer at the subtleties of the work.  The show will include traditional paintings and works on paper as well as cut shapes from existi ng paintings that are reinvented as clever installations along the bottom e dge of specific walls.  

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This exhibition marks Kolar’s first showing wi th the gallery.  He was previously represented and included in solo and gro up shows at Carl Berg Gallery.  In 2010 Kolar was one of 45 artists include d in the California Biennial curated by Sarah Bancroft at the Orange County Museum of Art.  His works are included in several private and corporate co llections.

DTEND:20130330 DTSTAMP:20140820T065754 DTSTART:20130223 GEO:34.0342146;-118.3768716 LOCATION:Walter Maciel Gallery\,2642 S. La Cienega Blvd. \nLos Angeles\, CA 90034 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Twice Removed\, Andy Kolar\, Greg Mocilnikar UID:258801 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130223T200000 DTSTAMP:20140820T065754 DTSTART:20130223T180000 GEO:34.0342146;-118.3768716 LOCATION:Walter Maciel Gallery\,2642 S. La Cienega Blvd. \nLos Angeles\, CA 90034 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Twice Removed\, Andy Kolar\, Greg Mocilnikar UID:258802 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR