Rosamund Felsen Gallery is pleased to welcome Steven Hull for his 8th show with our gallery. In this colorful, playful exhibition of new works, Hull has intuitively picked up where his last show left off.
Hull has long been a multi-faceted practitioner and curatorial figure in art, active in both Northern and Southern California. His diverse interests and methods have led him to undertake a varied range of projects, which at times have included long-term collaborative efforts with other artists, musicians, and writers resulting in ambitious traveling shows and exhibition catalogues. These efforts are further exemplified by the Los Angeles project space Hull founded, Las Cienegas Projects, which has a curatorial program emphasizing experimentation and communal involvement. This dynamic approach and stylistic diversity come through in Hull’s latest body of work. Hull continues to explore in the various ways that painting and sculpture overlap, where a flat image can appear to be dimensional, and a sculptural piece can feel image-based. By extension, we are led to consider the ways that our notions of these delineations are contingent, where received logic can be broken down by simple contextual shifts.
For this exhibition, Hull continues his interests in the moving sculpture/image, once again setting pieces in motion by mounting objects to children’s train sets that surprisingly loop throughout the gallery. However, instead of a train, we see an odd, constructed face/mask circling on the track, but instead of emerging from a train tunnel, the face appears from a much larger version of the same face, creating a doubling effect that, when interspersed with our wistful nostalgia of childhood constructions, explores the tension within the simultaneously playful and psychological.
A daily drawing practice informs what becomes punctuated moments of intense painterly production. Hull has created a series of hypnotic, geometric paintings that confound the ability for simple visual familiarity. However, our eyes lead us to interpret shapes and lines that vibrate, pulsate and jet in all directions, causing the painting to seem utterly active and multi-dimensional. This activating effect engages the viewer throughout the exhibition.
Steven Hull received a BFA and MFA from CalArts; he has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. He is the founder and co-director of Las Cienegas Projects in Los Angeles and lives and works in Oakland and Los Angeles.