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Craig Krull Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Serious Candy
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404

July 13th, 2013 - August 31st, 2013
July 13th, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
, Terry O\'SheaTerry O'Shea
© Courtesy of Craig Krull Gallery
Untitled Capsule, Terry O\'SheaTerry O'Shea, Untitled Capsule,
1968, cast resin, length: 3 x diameter: 1.5 in
© Courtesy of Craig Krull Gallery
Untitled, Terry O\'SheaTerry O'Shea, Untitled,
1971, aniline dye on paper, h: 11 x w: 12 in
© Courtesy of Craig Krull Gallery
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santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 11-5:30

In the 1960s, L.A. artists such as Peter Alexander, Helen Pashgian and De Wain Valentine began working with cast resin, creating highly polished sculptural forms that explored relationships of light and space, translucency and opacity. The requisite pristine surfaces of these objects allowed for the visual interplay of reflection and optical penetration. For Terry O'Shea, however, resin offered more fluid, painterly properties; his colored drips react like oil in water. In addition, he was clearly not as concerned about purity, sometimes leaving insects that alighted on the sticky surfaces to remain embedded in the final product, like natural amber. As Holly Myers observed for the LA TIMES, O'Shea's work could possess a "woozy decadence," and an effect that is "darker, more psychological" than the work of other artists using the same material. This exhibition, entitled Serious Candy, marks Craig Krull Gallery's representation of the Terry O'Shea estate. The exhibit will include a selection of his resin capsules from the 60s. These colorfully striped, smoothly polished, psychedelic pills fit comfortably in the palm of one's hand, functioning as sensual talismans. The exhibit also includes watercolors delicately dripped into concentric circles that echo the rings of color in his capsules.

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