The Finishes That Stand The Test

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Terraform, 2010 Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic And Colored Pencil On Paper 56 X 84 Inches © Courtesy of Honor Fraser and photographed by Josh White
The Finishes That Stand The Test

2622 La Cienega Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90034
May 22nd, 2010 - July 2nd, 2010
Opening: May 22nd, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

culver city/west la
(310) 837-0191
Tue-Sat 10-6
works on paper. sculpture


The destructive and regenerative aspects of nature are really compelling to me. There's an  amazing violence in a hurricane or an erupting volcano. and l don't attribute any sort of morality or lack thereof to that force - it just is. It's a regenerative process and/ think there are   positive things in these natural processes, even when they seem disastrous. - Mark Licari

Honor Fraser is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Mark Licari. This exhibition.  Entitled The Finishes That Stand The Test, marks the artist's second solo   exhibition with the gallery and will include works on paper. sculpture and an expansive wall   drawing.

Licari's continued interest in the breakdown and disorder ot materiality within the harsh  natural world is apparent in this most recent body ol work. Navigating through the artist's  extraordinary visual narratives of decaying domesticity and dark whimsy. One carries face to  face with the battle of nature vs. the man-made. Working in multiple dimensions Licari often  goes beyond the borders of sculpture and drawing and expands outside of the picture plane   and onto the wall space, creating site-specific wall murds. Ever apparent in this body of work  is the notion ol temporality as Licari be s the question: 'In the end. what will stand the test of  time?` Through this irreverent play of ordered chaos and domestic mayhem Licari pictures a  series ol man-made objects and environments. These objects - a dilapidated broken down  bicycle, a crushed beer can, a tattered men's suit bursting with sprouted flowers and weeds, decaying office furniture, a refrigerator run amok with putrid rotting food - all serve as signitiers  of what is missing in each composition, man himself. In Licari's work human  presence is rare. If it even exists at all. Yet the work is occupied by personifying possessions  - signifiers of human existence and its neurooes. These uncanny juxtapositions illustrate the  eccentric tensions between nature and technology while Licari's raw energy unravels,  exposing his tantastical world of pandemonium.

Mark Licari was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He  has lived and worked in Los Angeles since  completing his MFA at the University of Southern California in 2000. Licari has had solo  exhibitions at The Monterey Museum ol Art in Monterey. CA. Baldwin Gallery in Aspen. CO.   Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles. CA and his work has been included in a number of group  exhibitions and public installations nationally. Mark Licari: Drawing With an Appetite, a  180~page catalogue of work with an introduction  and interview by Kristine McKenna was  published by Honor Fraser Gallery in 2006.