Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present "Foreign and Domesticated", April Street's debut solo-exhibition in Los Angeles. The opening reception is January 19th 2008, 5pm-7pm and the show will continue until March 1, 2008.
The exhibition features large-scale yet intimate, phantasmagorical washes of acrylic on canvas. At the foundation of her work, Street plays with classical figure-ground relationships, creating paintings that describe space as elastic but are simultaneously rooted in the material: deepened and simultaneously detached by their saturated surfaces. Her gesture and movement evoke altered states of human perception, but always remain explicitly human, never abandoning the corporeal for the ethereal. Even as colors boldly depart from naturalism, Street's illusory shapes consistently resemble objects tangible and figurative, in ways that are elusive and enchanting. Indefinite and indeterminate, the discrepancy of meaning that Street's work elicits suggests unabashedly that the act of resemblance in itself is enough to root these paintings in reality. Comprised of intimations, mirages and movements, there is a sense that traces of narrative are more enthralling than a legible story ever could be, and none more so than the act of encountering these works. The paintings unfold and dissolve over time, slipping through the grasps of rational comprehension but leaving the viewer with a sense of vitalizing restlessness, like that of the historical disparity that comes about from re- and misinterpretation, which, even while it may frustrate, provides a vital sense of mystery that keeps eyes observing, pages turning, and the imagination running.
Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, G2, Santa Monica, CA 90404 TEL: 310 829 3300
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