Thomas Solomon Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles artist BRAD EBERHARD. This is Eberhard’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, following last season’s very successful show of collages at Thomas Solomon Gallery’s Bernard Street space. The show will open the 2010-2011 season at Thomas Solomon Gallery @ Cottage Home with a reception for the artist on Saturday September 11, 6 – 8 PM at 410 Cottage Home Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles.
Brad Eberhard’s new paintings take the viewer on a journey through abstraction in its most unaffected form. Ever mindful of the conflicts inherent in Romanticism and even within the arch of painting in art history, Eberhard pushes beyond the distractions of abstraction v. representation, object v. image, or emotion v. rationality. Each of his works could be perceived as alternative correct answers to the same question, in the sense that making art can be motivated by an idea. More importantly for Eberhard, though, his works come out of a faith in process, the visual, and intuition.
In these new works, Eberhard presents abstract constructions that tilt into the figurative, often depicting anachronistic modes of transportation and communication. Sailing ships, television antennas, and Roman numerals all function as poetic ruminations on the agency of oil painting in the age of bullet trains, satellite TV, and binary computer code. The works vary in size and their degree of abstraction, but all are characterized by the use of vibrant color, exquisite paint handling, and densely rhythmic compositions. A painter's painter, Eberhard demonstrates the tremendous vitality and possibility that abstraction affords, to the artist as producer of art works, and the viewer as consumer of visual culture.
Brad Eberhard was educated at Occidental Collage, Los Angeles (BA Studio Art) and Claremont Graduate University (MFA 2007). A native of Southern California, Eberhard’s first solo exhibition was at Thomas Solomon Gallery @ Cottage Home (2009). Recent group exhibitions include LA Now, Vegas Art Museum (2008); Themes and Variations, New Abstraction in Los Angeles, Torrance Art Museum (2007); and Seasonal Pictures, Acme., Los Angeles (2009). The Open Daybook, a book project curated by David Earle, will be published this year, and the exhibition will open at LACE in 2011. The Jewel Thief, a group exhibition, opens at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, on September 18. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.