The Frank Lloyd Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition Los Gigantes. This show will feature large-scale artworks from five giants of the West Coast art world: Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman, John Mason, Ed Moses, and Peter Voulkos. These five artists are not only giants of the history of West Coast art – they are also major artists in the history of the Frank Lloyd Gallery. Throughout the gallery's 18 year history, these artists have been featured in a combined total of 29 solo shows and 34 group exhibitions.
Larry Bell became known for his investigations into intangible perceptual phenomena in the 1960s, and his work is often included in major exhibitions of Minimal Art. Bell achieves complex visual effects through his use of thin film deposition – resulting in objects that absorb, transmit, and reflect light. He will be represented by his signature cube form and a recent Light Knot.
Craig Kauffman began his work with vacuum-formed acrylic plastic in the mid-1960s, and periodically returned to the medium as he invented new forms – expanding his lifelong interest in unorthodox supports for painting. Los Gigantes features two of these forms, a Bubble and a Dish, spray-painted in subtle, luscious colors. Demonstrating a nuanced understanding of color and light, these works radiate with Kauffman's signature sensuality.
John Mason's work over the last six decades presents a compelling argument for abstract sculpture. Emerging in the mid-1950s, Mason is recognized as one of the leading artists whose work elevated clay from a craft medium to fine art. Los Gigantes presents a spear form that illustrates Mason's persistent interest in formal issues and geometry.
Ed Moses has an extensive history with painting, and his lyrical abstractions of the 1950s and 1960s form a major and self-sustaining body of work. Throughout his career, Moses has focused on process, materials, and improvisation. He will be represented in this exhibition by two powerfully abstract paintings, in a bold color palette.
Widely known for his groundbreaking work in clay, Peter Voulkos played a pivotal role in the liberation of ceramics from the craft arena. Working alongside artists such as John Mason and Ken Price, Voulkos inspired generations of ceramists to push the boundaries of the medium. This exhibition includes an aggressively rough-hewn plate, which pushes the traditional form well past utility and into the realm of abstract sculpture.
Los Gigantes Extended!
In order to accommodate the interest in Los Gigantes,the show has been extended for an additional week! This selection of large-scale artworks by Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman, John Mason, Ed Moses and Peter Voulkos will remain on view through March 1, 2014. If you can, try to take advantage of this opportunity to see these works in person.