L.A. Louver is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings on paper by Los Angeles artist Charles Garabedian.
Titled re:GENERATION, the exhibition features acrylic paintings (all dated 2013) whose coloristic exuberance enlivens deeper reflections. The works embody Garbedian’s interest in presenting contemporary themes through an exploration of classical motifs.
The two largest paintings (each over 8 feet [2.4 m] in height), offer a complex narrative. In Family Affair, two crowned figures dressed in modern clothes stand with their backs to us. One figure presents a severed human head on a golden platter to a naked woman who passively gazes at the offering. The executioner, attired in a black mask, gloves, and shoes, and vibrantly colored, skin-tight trousers, grasps a bloodied ax while he straddles the headless body. Closer to us, a minstrel, who stands at the edge of a large manhole, serenades the participants in this gruesome drama. The rich patterns and bright colors in this metaphorical work of portent, convey a lightness of being that seems to defy the subject.