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Los Angeles

L2kontemporary Gallery

Exhibition Detail
done, finished, here.
990 N. Hill Street
# 205
Los Angeles, CA 90012

September 11th, 2010 - October 9th, 2010
September 23rd, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
untitled (cairns #8 and #7), Dan GoldmanDan Goldman, untitled (cairns #8 and #7),
2008-10, acrylic and housepaint on canvas, 48" x 48" and 48" x 72"
downtown/east la
Thursdays - Sundays 1-6 pm
minimal painting abstract, sculptural, cairn, Monochrome

Using the building blocks of housepaint and acrylic on canvas, I have attempted to construct a roomful, at once expansive and claustrophobic, of cairns—burial mounds, directional markers and, here, masses of poured paint that initially create and ultimately lay to rest their own inherent problems.  In this way, to me, the cairns are painted embodiments of an answer to the question: “How do you know when you're finished?”

Both in process and in product, the cairns reference an abstract expressionist sensibility, albeit one greatly slowed down—these are action paintings, but the action takes place over months, rather than in a blink; in hundreds of applications, rather than in a flung flurry.  This long-deferred finality results in objects greatly solid, although not quite still.  At once both wall-bound and sculptural, these pieces are meant to test definitional relevance by managing to exist in two places at once—-both on and off the wall—and, I hope, rewarding the attentive viewer with a parallel experience.



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