Kristi Engle Gallery is pleased to announce “Gravity and Transformation,“ a group exhibition curated by Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Adelman. This exhibition presents the work of 14 artists from Los Angeles and New York working in drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. The artworks in this exhibition are viewed literally and metaphorically from the dual vantage points of gravity and transformation.
The artists in this exhibition are: Won Ju Lim, Anoka Faruqee, Steve Hurd, Todd Gray, Roger Dickes, Mark Dutcher, Hadley Holliday, Tracy Miller (NY), George Raggett (NY), Pilar Conde (NY), Shirley Tse, Rebecca Ripple, Suzanne Adelman, and Keith Walsh.
The abstract paintings of Anoka Faruqee create a sense of visual weightlessness and illusionistic ’fade’ due to chromatic shifts which take place within the repetition of tiny hand-rendered geometric forms.
Won Ju Lim contributes small poured-plaster pieces made as studies for her larger landscape sculptures. In these works, she relates the unwieldy flow of plaster to larger uncontrollable forces of nature.
Tracy Miller’s paintings consist of images of floating cakes, candies, beer, and blobs of color. These elements coagulate in a shifting field where the painting-as-object becomes a visual digestive tract and a confection to be consumed.
George Raggett’s sculpture undergoes a number of material-altering processes that commence with burning of candles upon a book.
The paintings by Mark Dutcher depict abstract portals and vortices acting here as symbols for personal meaning in locating oneself within the world and in confronting ones mortality.
Steve Hurd’s representational painting addresses issues surrounding the war in Iraq. He uses a stylistically “low resolution digitized“ rendering in his painting as a means to address these concerns.
Rebecca Ripple’s floor sculpture, which incorporates a plaster poured text, is a meditation on the artist’s upbringing and the impact of Catholicism.
Hadley Holliday makes abstract paintings where transparent yet weighted colored circles percolate and vibrate upon the pictorial field, producing a disorienting visual effect.
Todd Gray’s photographic works capture performances that address the psychological weight of contemporary cultured urban living. He utilizes shaving cream as a civilizing agent and incorporates this material into a “letting go“ shamanistic action.
Roger Dickes produces meticulous hand drawn vibrating imagery where socio- and psychological undercurrents resonate. There is a lightness of material and weight of content within this arena where these works on paper ’empty themselves out.’
Keith Walsh transforms famous and mediated personalities into meditational stones with surfaces covered over in collapsed vectors. These sculptures have no beginning or end, no intended up- or downside for display.
The sculpture of Pilar Conde employs the weightlessness of helium, pitch-black soundless negative space, and time duration in evocation of a nightmare.
Suzanne Adelman’s photographic work engages in a dialogue with painting. Layering and isolating photographic content from its originary context serves to abstract and dislocate the sense of a grounded form or space.
Shirley Tse’s wall-to-floor sculpture employs a mix of materials creating visual punch and humor while referring to a world caught in an endless cycle of warfare.
Kristi Engle Gallery devotes itself primarily to solo exhibitions of new works by contemporary artists. It is located in Highland Park, near the corner of Ave. 50 and York Blvd.