Dennis Koch & Claudia Nieto
HIGH ENERGY CONSTRUCTS is pleased to present an exhibition of new drawings by Los Angeles based artists Dennis Koch and Claudia Nieto. The opening reception will take place on June 21 and the show will be on view through August 2.
Working with the vibrancy of color pencils, each artist exhibits a series of dynamic and multicolored abstract drawings. Presenting artworks both solemn and radiant, the exhibition relates two distinctly separate processes and styles in the context of the compulsion, deliberation, and intuition found throughout the tradition of abstract art.
Imbuing the supposed simplicity of drawing with an evident awareness of the history and density of painting, Dennis Koch creates artworks that are disarming. His forms may initially suggest animated anatomical shapes and three-dimensional sculptures, but the artworks also become dynamic planar investigations as sections of color overlap, abut, and fold. This ability to create visual shifts in depth results in large part from the artist’s mark-making, which, though repetitive, dogged, even tedious, produces an unexpectedly rich and saturated palette.
Claudia Nieto’s drawings are otherworldly topographies that are symbolically charged with tension, emotion, and imperfection. Her compositions consist of floating forms, unnatural chunks of earthy layers, and patches of infinite lines. Located within the drawings are scarce, yet detailed, depictions of the artist, herself, reacting and interacting within these questionable environments, providing narratives of physical and spiritual transformation.