Rosamund Felsen Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of the work of Steve Hurd\, which will include an eclectic coll ection of new oil paintings. Hurd is known for his drippy renditions of Wom en&rsquo\;s Day Magazines and home decorating interiors in which old Englis h Malt liquor bottles are sprawled about. The new paintings are meant as vi sual responses to the images they represent. Found in everyday life\, they include images from the Internet and newspaper ads. Although most of the su bjects are part of popular culture\, Hurd often borrows from his own person al stash. In a work titled\, &ldquo\;Should never be exhibited&rdquo\;\, Hu rd paints a letter written by a former employer scolding Hurd for his behav ior. Although the letter is harsh and embarrassing\, he claims that now as a painting it no longer has anything to do with his old job\, but is about his art and work practice\; in that context it&rsquo\;s funny to be told ho w to behave. There is a meditative\, ritualistic quality inherent in his pa inting process\, documented by freehand labor\, and drips\, dissolving the machine-made graphics of the source material into a vulnerable\, visceral o bject. As if there&rsquo\;s a hex or spell placed over them\, the paintings are possessed by Hurd&rsquo\;s obsessive energy. Besides works based on fo und material\, included for the first time in this exhibition are several a bstractions\, a series called\, &ldquo\;Outburst.&rdquo\; They originate fr om unconscious scribblings done on a note pad by the distracted artist. He edits and digitizes them with his computer\, rendering the organic gestural markings into a mechanical stop/start action of a low res digital printout . Finally they are greatly enlarged in oil paint to mimic the heroic propor tions of ab-ex works such as those by Pollock and Kline. With his back and forth process of wrecking things and fixing them only to mess them up again \, the paintings have a layered history\, of a liquidy atmosphere in which some other place is being described. About his interest towards abstraction Hurd mentions\, &ldquo\;A good abstract painting is always so complete yet so nondescript. Perfect for zoning out. Who hasn&rsquo\;t spaced out on a Mark Rothko?&rdquo\;

\n LOCATION:Rosamund Felsen Gallery\,1923 S. Santa Fe Ave. #100\nLos Angeles\, CA 90021 SUMMARY:Steve Hurd\, Steve Hurd END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20171211T115059Z UID:2 DTSTART:20060708T170000 DTEND:20060708T200000 LOCATION:Rosamund Felsen Gallery\,1923 S. Santa Fe Ave. #100\nLos Angeles\, CA 90021 SUMMARY:Steve Hurd\, Steve Hurd END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR