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The New Metropolis

6144 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
August 5th, 2010 - August 31st, 2010
Opening: August 5th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.skotiagallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
culver city/west la
EMAIL:  
sofia@skotiagallery.com
PHONE:  
310.838.1717
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday - Saturday noon to 6 pm; *Skotia Gallery periodically closes for exhibition installation and special events, so please contact us prior to your visit.
TAGS:  
urban industrial modern realism, train path industrial subway modern, urbanscapes, citylandscape, buildings mixed-media conceptual painting, landscape, surrealism, figurative, modern, traditional

DESCRIPTION

Both artists, though possessing very different sensibilities (McWilliams with his playful bright palette, and D’Ospina with his solemn grisaille), share a fascination with the man-made, and a curious rejection of the man himself. D’Ospina’s and McWilliams’ paintings are conspicuously devoid of humanity, and simply depict ghostly artifacts of constructed objects: giant skeletons of scaffolding, an empty room of old engines, a broken down bus deteriorating in a dusty shed. The images are ominous, and the sheer scale of the paintings leave one with the feeling that these objects have taken on a significance that one wouldn’t ordinarily ascribe to such commonplace items. A fundamental shift in perspective happens at the societal level: McWilliams seems to revel in the wonder of progress, invention, construction, where D’Ospina laments that very same progress by depicting the fossils of a more optimistic industrial era. The tension between modern activity on one hand and the detritus it inevitably becomes on the other creates a soulful, profound, and incredibly beautiful essay on the materialism and industry of modern man.