Fredric Snitzer Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a two-person exhibition by LA-based artists Roy Dowell and Alexander Kroll. The show consists of 1 painting and 8 collages by Roy Dowell and 4 paintings by Alexander Kroll and will be the first time these two artists have shown their work together.
Since the late 1970s, collage has been the focal point of Roy Dowell's practice. His early collage works turned on the interplay between color relationships, mark-making procedures and graphic signifiers whose affinity with the languages of graphic design, Pattern and Decoration, and ethnography allowed for a reconsideration of post-cubist pictorial space. In his new work, Dowell continues a project of recoding material procedures thorugh the addition of readymade collage elements which mine the gap between artistic identity and specific biases embedded within the language of the readymade and of his hybridized sources. Yet, as with previous bodies of work, issues regarding authorship and representation that are raised by the manner and method of collage are superseded by a repurposing of the historic optimistic modernist impulse and logic of material transformation.
Alexander Kroll's works similarly utilize tactility and pictorial space to assert the painted object as a vehicle of presence. In 4 large scale works, Kroll conceives of the pictorial surface as a space to consolidate diverse set of relationships between body, mind, support, and surface whose specific interplay activates the work as its own context and closed system of signification. Kroll's assertion of painting as intellectual construction forms the basis for encounters of unmediated relational intensity between artist and object as well as object and viewer.
Dowell and Kroll employ reflexive material procedures to different ends. Painterliness is something which exists in Dowell's work alongside other preexisting representational modes in order to contribute to and alter histories of modernist abstraction, while, in Kroll's work, painterliness occurs as performances of affect which crystallize reflexive procedure into singular objects, enable specific modes of address, and transform sites of display into phenomenological events.
Roy Dowell was born in Bronxville, NY in 1951. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and has been exhibiting his work since 1976. He has been included in recent solo exhibitions as Galeria Nina Menocal (Mexico City), Margo Leavin Gallery (LA), and Lennon, Weinberg (New York) and recent group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum and MOCA, Los Angeles.
Alexander Kroll was born in New York City in 1981. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2008. He has had recent solo exhibitions at CB1 Gallery (Los Angeles) and James Harris Gallery (Seattle) and has been included in recent exhibitions at ACME, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, the Irvine Fine Arts Center and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.