Richard Bruland "New Paintings"
Lora Schlesinger is pleased to announce Richard Bruland's second solo-exhibition with the gallery. New Paintings features rich and textured works by the artist. The exhibition opens with the artist's reception on Saturday, November 3 from 5 - 7 pm and is on view through December 29, 2012.
Surrounded by an ever-changing world Bruland's fluidity with paint blends the passion, emotion and rapture of every day occurrences onto a single panel. At a distance his paintings appear soft and refined, but as the viewer approaches hidden colors pop through sanded-down layers bringing to light a continuous blend of color and texture. Each painting is an accumulation of many layers of acrylic, usually over a textured field, which is then polished to create a highly detailed surface.
Although his pieces are structurally abstract, Bruland refers to his paintings as landscapes bringing forth the elements of light, color and shadow effects of nature experienced by everyone everywhere. Bruland's transition of light to dark, earth to sky and liquid to solid is central to his very personal exploration.
Richard Bruland studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of Arts. His work has been exhibited in California since 1988 and he is represented by galleries throughout the United States.
The East Gallery presents Keira Kotler's I Look for Light, featuring new paintings by the artist. The show will mark the artist's first solo-exhibition with the gallery. The I Look for Light series consists of reductive, experiential paintings that shift in tone and hue with various perspectives and lighting conditions. While fragile, elegant, and rich, each piece is created through a combination of blending, pouring, and manipulating the paint by hand over a period of weeks. Incorporating color theory and science, each layer consists of subtle gestures and pigments that blend together as one final surface. Using light and the resonance of color, each work serves as an invitation and a meditation, promoting contemplation and providing a unique sensory experience through stillness.
Keira Kotler received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA in Paintings from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Center and the Palm Desert Museum. She maintains studios in both San Francisco and New York City and is represented by galleries throughout the United States.
The show opens with the artists' reception on Saturday, November 3 from 5 to 7 pm. The gallery is located in the Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, T3, Santa Monica. For additional information please call (310) 828-1133, view our website at www.loraschlesinger.com, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.