Casper Brindle: Recent Paintings
Casper Brindle makes tableau artwork: an amalgam of photography, poetry, painting, and electricity. Most paintings are built of numerous canvases, deliciously airbrushed in radiant, atmospheric tones, then stacked together and framed in tight strips of clear maple. The canvases are almost systematically painted with lateral passes of softened colors: burnt oranges and flamingo pinks, melting into evening hues: umbers, blacks.
Brindle's life spent between the beaches and alleys of Los Angeles' Westside during the 1970's and 80's is clearly reflected in his use of color, material choices, and visual vocabulary. Brindle worked for Light and Space artist Eric Orr in the late 1980’s, and the movement, or perhaps the landscape from which it arose, has effected the young artists own production.
Brindle has spent considerable time on a surfboard and one cannot deny that the artist pays homage to surf culture both in material and subject matter. The Light and Space atmosphere of a Robert Irwin or James Turell has been referenced albeit briefly, and the artist has pondered the high-gloss, metal-flaked custom car finishes that are uniquely Californian; but with deliberate consideration, Brindle has embarked upon his own diaspora. Armed with the tools and techniques perfected by those before him, Brindle has reinterpreted a subject that never ceases to provoke nostalgia and self-realization. A postmodern mix of Light and Space meets Car/Surf Culture inform these works, but their seams are well hidden, and only those versed in the techniques of these California ideals will see the intersections.
Casper Brindle lives and works in Los Angeles and this will mark his first exhibition with William Turner Gallery.