Peter Lodato: Spanish Black
Santa Monica, CA – William Turner Gallery is honored to present Peter Lodato: Spanish Black.
Using a distinctive motif of using a reductive palette, Lodato examines a centuries-long tradition of Spanish masters, such as El Greco, José de Ribera, Francisco de Zurbarán, Diego Velázquez, and Francisco de Goya, whose application of black and grey was predominant. Due to this, they were awarded with the nomenclature, the “Spanish Blacks.” Lodato pays homage to these classical masters, and re-appropriates their palette in several of the large-scale works for this exhibition.
Peter Lodato’s new paintings continue the artist’s exploration of light & space. Adhering to reductive, somewhat binary field /ground compositions, the paintings resonate with the viewer like optical tuning forks. As one adjusts to the subtle rhythms within and between the paintings in this series, there is a palpable shift in consciousness and perception – as the aesthetic experience becomes a meditative one.
David Pagel from the LA Times states, "Lodato's art requires visitors to pay close attention to subtle fluctuations in their surroundings. In the same way that echoes remind us that seemingly empty spaces are actually full of phenomena, his works sharpen our perceptions. And, like echoes, they do not broadcast their messages loudly or aggressively: The ones with the strongest impact are those that hum just above the threshold of silence."
Peter Lodato's work has been the subject of a solo exhibition at the Frederick Weisman Museum and has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the LA County Museum of Art.
Peter Lodato is included in numerous esteemed collections, both public and private including the Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.