den contemporary is pleased to present space/adversity/motion, featuring painterly works by nine artists from the Los Angeles region. The common groundwork for the paintings and sculptures in the exhibition is the diverse approach to abstraction in their practice.
space/adversity/motion refers to aspects of the personal journey and universal existence, as well as elements in the art making process. The artists examine subjects such as loss, hope, and redemption, taking inspiration from childhood memories, found objects, imaginary landscapes, ethnic motifs, musical influences, and the effects from natural and manmade disasters.
Through stylistic shifts, attentiveness of composition, and by pushing the depth of the two-dimensional toward collage and sculptural forms, the artists activate a spatial dialogue with the imagery.
Analogous to the individual quest through the vulnerabilities and trials of life, the artists traverse the terrain of the canvas or structure, navigating through with a quality of both personal vision and collaboration with the materials, instigating tension through juxtaposition of contrasting compositions, linework and texture.
The artists engage in the production process through the motion of creating forms by hand and making marks with paint or tools. Their expression is further emphasized by a variety of bold swirls, swaths of pigment, minuscule flecks, and rhythmic lines within a sometimes dense and other times minimal atmosphere. The resolved energy in the works results in a kaleidoscope of evocative palette, anamorphic form, palpable physicality, and force of cadence.