JAMIE M. LEE & BARBARA THOMASON
September 16-30, 2012
Reception: Sunday, September 16th, 2012, 1-3 PM
Conversation with the artist: 2PM
Exhibition to be held at: For further information
LA Artcore Brewery Annex Please contact: 323.276.9320
650 S. Avenue 21 www.laartcore.org
Los Angeles, CA 90031
L.A. Artcore is pleased to present a tandem-solo exhibition with artists, Jamie Lee and Barbara Thomason.
Jamie M. Lee creates vivid, complex multi-media paintings that defy easy categorization, yet are described by the artist herself to be easy on the eyes. There is an element of the joyous, and the working towards of a balance between the living and the inorganic. Lee, a Claremont graduate who lives and works in New York, is building a visual vocabulary drawn from memories and dreams. She does not pre-plan or design, preferring to work intuitively to create an emotional language. Through networks, organic and sharp geometric lines, radial patterns and rays, the viewer is drawn into the relationships of the elements. Using a variety of mediums, some of the aesthetic flatness is raised off the painting’s surfaces, creating visual interest.
David Pagel of the LA Times writes that a major feature of her work can be described as an optimism, wonder and pleasure that is drawn from nature. The critic has found that in the US, “…an entrenched history of pragmatism and Puritanism has generally denigrated such experiences.” This makes Lee’s paintings refreshing and a voice of independence.
Her work affects delicate yet robust flowering vines, drifting in genre-bending pollinations across an open visual field, or the spectral, color-noise effect of city lights twinkling in the night. Throughout, her overlapping compositions interact and display a broadcast movement, emitting and clustering, full of the movements of the artist’s emotional landscape.
Barbara Thomason has a long exhibition history in Southern California, a career spanning realism to abstract painting and back again, public murals and installations. Additionally the artist served as master lithographer for the well-known editions house Gemini G.E.L. and is an educator. When one takes a close look at the long list of private collections where her work can be found, we see quite a few world-famous artists from the region counted among them. It can be easily said that her work is a living, breathing genus within Los Angeles art’s historic ecology.
Thomason presents us with a special series of paintings she began in 2007 and completed just last year. They are a blend of her experiences and reflections, with a touch of satire and reverence for the city. The series title “One hundred not so famous views of LA” makes reference to the Japanese printmaker Hiroshige’s famous work “One hundred famous views of Edo”. The artist has chosen to paint views that are less iconic, though recognizable by a native of the city, homage to the sentiment for place. The reference to the ukiyo-e work (literally ‘pictures of the floating world’, woodblock prints and paintings defining the 17th-20th centuries) may have less to do with depicting scenes of Los Angeles cultural life, instead she may be after the sensibility behind the genre. Floating world refers to living in the moment, in the words of a contemporary writer, Asai Ryōi: “Turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves… refusing to be disheartened, like a gourd floating along with the river current: this is what we call the floating world.” Thomason’s work invites us to give ourselves over more completely to the observation and awareness of our city surroundings.