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Gregory Lind Gallery is pleased to present “Big Things to Avoid\,” a ser ies of new graphite drawings by Oakland-based artist Ed Loftus.

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For the past decade\, the self-taught Loftus has been crea ting idiosyncratic\, photorealistic graphite drawings that address the larg er themes and subtexts of the human condition\, including fear\, the concep t of the inevitable\, and the single-minded nature of obsession. Loftus der ives his images and ideas from old family photographs\, borrowed images\, a nd photos that he has taken. This meticulous archive of images sometimes ac ts as prima materia for a discrete series of “reimagined memories”\; other times\, Loftus’ creations are purely symbolic and capture the moment with n o need for translation or mediated commentary.

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The self-reflexive nature of creating the work is evident in pieces such as “Untitled” (Brick Wall)\, which elucidates the simultaneously isolating an d expansive nature of making art\, of “bricking yourself in and opening you rself up.” Loftus’ drawing\, “Untitled” (Walking Skeleton) encompasses a ru mination on the indifference of nature to human existence and the continuit y of cosmic forces that extend past life as we know it. Reconstituted memor ies conjoin with the ineluctable tides of time with “Untitled” (Girl and Se agulls)\, which suggests the labyrinthine byways of sexual awareness. “Unti tled” (Living Room) touches on metaphysical forces and evokes the presence of absence\, while “Untitled” (Trashbag Mountain) constitutes a counter to the quiet elegance of the former piece by calling into question “all the ob sessive bullshit we fill our lives with when we should be thinking about th e wonders of life\,” says Loftus.

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Ideally\, Loftus’ drawings are to be v iewed within touching distance. He explains\, “The process is somewhat painstaking\; every mark and gesture is intended\, and often requires close inspection…I usually don’t explain the work\, as I find it is better left for interpreta tion.”

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Ed Loftus is forma lly from the United Kingdom and lives with his wife and children in  Oakland\, Califor nia. His work has been featured at Jack Hanley Gallery.

DTEND:20120121 DTSTAMP:20140917T003511 DTSTART:20111217 GEO:37.7909427;-122.4084994 LOCATION:Gregory Lind Gallery\,49 Geary St. Fifth Floor\nSan Francisco\, CA 94108 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Big Things to Avoid\, Ed Loftus UID:190908 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20111217T170000 DTSTAMP:20140917T003511 DTSTART:20111217T140000 GEO:37.7909427;-122.4084994 LOCATION:Gregory Lind Gallery\,49 Geary St. Fifth Floor\nSan Francisco\, CA 94108 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Big Things to Avoid\, Ed Loftus UID:190909 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR