Steve Hurd

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Steve Hurd

1923 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
July 8th, 2006 - July 8th, 2006
Opening: July 8th, 2006 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

downtown/east la
Wed-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-4


Rosamund Felsen Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of the work of Steve Hurd, which will include an eclectic collection of new oil paintings. Hurd is known for his drippy renditions of Women’s Day Magazines and home decorating interiors in which old English Malt liquor bottles are sprawled about. The new paintings are meant as visual responses to the images they represent. Found in everyday life, they include images from the Internet and newspaper ads. Although most of the subjects are part of popular culture, Hurd often borrows from his own personal stash. In a work titled, “Should never be exhibited”, Hurd paints a letter written by a former employer scolding Hurd for his behavior. 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’s funny to be told how to behave. There is a meditative, ritualistic quality inherent in his painting process, documented by freehand labor, and drips, dissolving the machine-made graphics of the source material into a vulnerable, visceral object. As if there’s a hex or spell placed over them, the paintings are possessed by Hurd’s obsessive energy. Besides works based on found material, included for the first time in this exhibition are several abstractions, a series called, “Outburst.” They originate from 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 proportions 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, “A good abstract painting is always so complete yet so nondescript. Perfect for zoning out. Who hasn’t spaced out on a Mark Rothko?”