An exhibition of drawings by Los Angeles artist Ira Korman will be on view at the Koplin Gallery from March 4 through April 15, 2000.
Since his first exhibition with the Koplin Gallery in 1993, Korman has produced charcoal drawings of extraordinary beauty, expression and virtuosity. His portraits, figures and urban landscapes reveal the beauty, power and rhythms of his surroundings. In his recent work, solitary figures in sparse interiors and thinly populated urban scenes possess a sense of reflection and solitude. With an expressive intensity and attention to detail, Korman's work reveals an intuitive vision that seems to capture the essence of his subject.
His Self-Portrait with Locomotive (1999) fuses the world of the personal with the urbanized environment. This almost photorealistic drawing contrasts the lightness of the artist's face with the rigid form and texture of the machine, becoming a statement on man's co-existence with technology.
When asked about his choice of subjects, Korman explained: "The things I draw are the entirety of my physical world - the landscape and the people who occupy it - although I often feel that my real subject is light itself." His classically-inspired work reveals a fundamental concern with the basic elements of picture making: composition, form and light. Occasional references to masters such as Ingres and Durer show a deep reverence for their work. Other inspirations include Vermeer, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Hopper.
Ira Korman was born in New York and now lives and works in Los Angeles. His formal training includes a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an apprenticeship with painter/sculptor Bernar Venet. Korman's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Providence, Munich and Innsbruck. The Arkansas Art Center, home to one of the leading permanent collections of drawings in the United States, recently acquired his work. This will be his fourth solo exhibition with the Koplin Gallery.