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Los Angeles

Skotia Gallery

Exhibition Detail
The New Metropolis
6144 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

August 5th, 2010 - August 31st, 2010
August 5th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
culver city/west la
Tuesday - Saturday noon to 6 pm; *Skotia Gallery periodically closes for exhibition installation and special events, so please contact us prior to your visit.
traditional, modern, figurative, surrealism, landscape, buildings mixed-media conceptual painting, citylandscape, urbanscapes, train path industrial subway modern, urban industrial modern realism

Both artists, though possessing very different sensibilities (McWilliams with his playful bright palette, and D’Ospina with his solemn grisaille), share a fascination with the man-made, and a curious rejection of the man himself. D’Ospina’s and McWilliams’ paintings are conspicuously devoid of humanity, and simply depict ghostly artifacts of constructed objects: giant skeletons of scaffolding, an empty room of old engines, a broken down bus deteriorating in a dusty shed. The images are ominous, and the sheer scale of the paintings leave one with the feeling that these objects have taken on a significance that one wouldn’t ordinarily ascribe to such commonplace items. A fundamental shift in perspective happens at the societal level: McWilliams seems to revel in the wonder of progress, invention, construction, where D’Ospina laments that very same progress by depicting the fossils of a more optimistic industrial era. The tension between modern activity on one hand and the detritus it inevitably becomes on the other creates a soulful, profound, and incredibly beautiful essay on the materialism and industry of modern man.

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