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Group Exhibition
Kim Light / LightBox
2680 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
May 23, 2009 - July 2, 2009

Blue in the Face
by Sasha Bergstrom-Katz




Kim Light moved into Maloney Fine Art's space, and in their first venture together they have mounted a group show, Blue Blue.  The group of artists is diverse, but the works are tied together by, you guessed it, the color blue.  In such a small space, this is actually a good approach to a group show.  It's hung salon style, works stacked on top of each other, creating a patchwork of sorts. 

Sure, the pieces distract from each other and there isn't much space to really step back and look at, for example, Tam Van Tran's Rainbows & Squares which is 80 x 80.5 inches and busy and detailed, but at least the work doesn't clash.  It's not too cluttered to be able to appreciate individual pieces, like Yves Klein's Blue Venus, which glows a beautiful Yves Klein blue, or Catherine Opie's photograph, but because of the close proximity to each other, some pieces almost function as fillers.  Upon walking away from the gallery, I cannot remember many of the pieces as they just worked as mortar between the bricks, in a sense. 

As with many group shows that include well-known and established artists, it is worth going just to see the works in person, for example Damien Hirst's St. Paul's, a screen printed version of one of his butterfly pieces.  Or, Ed Rucha's SEX. Or the previously mentioned Yves Klein sculpture.  Also worth checking out; Simmon's and Burke's Cloud prints and Kim Dingle's Untitled Oil Sketch for Secret Project (Blue) #3 and 4.

-Sasha Bergstrom-Katz

(Image: Kim Dingle, Untitled Oil Sketch for Secret Project (Blue) #3; Siimmons and Burke, Cloud;  Courtesy of the artists and Kim Light/Lightbox & Maloney Fine Art, LA)

Posted by Sasha Bergstrom-Katz on 6/15/09

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