New art exhibition TRANSFORMING BOUNDARIES opens June 14, 2014 at Artspace Warehouse. This exhibition seeks to understand the cross-fertilization of ideas, a record of new thinking, produced by innovative minds in the artworld. The featured artists work across the boundaries of art forms. They have the ability and willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds. This exhibition focuses on Los Angeles artists, some of whom have been recognized and exhibited internationally, including Steven M. O'Connor, Deborah Lynn Irmas, David Jang, and Raul de la Torre.
Opening Reception Sat, June 14, 6:30 - 8:30pm.
In this exhibition the artists seek to create a dialogue with their artworks that engages the viewer. The pieces function as a conversation with materials and include the nuances which make interesting discussions possible. The resulting surprises and discoveries found through this interplay between artist, viewer and artwork, can change the initial meaning of the artwork into something completely new and unexpected.
Deborah Lynn Irmas is interested in both abstract and figurative forms and how they interact. These forms tend to develop an intricate and complicated relationship. Her artworks are created in a monotype process, a unique technique in that every print is hand pulled and one of a kind. All artworks are printed with Charbonnel French Inks on Archival cotton paper. European thread has been sewn onto many of the artworks adding unique layers and movement to her artworks.
David Jang’s work utilizes materials and object-making to articulate the countervailing forces inherent in the everyday—expansion and contraction, perfection and imperfection, force and balance, have and have not. In the process of examining the continuum of the objects, David begin to discover the hidden subtexts and hierarchies these objects uphold—the social orders they sustain or subvert and the relationships they facilitate or fail. He attempts to foster a self-revelatory creative process, one that is empirical yet open-ended. In this way his work results in a quasi-scientific discovery.
Steven M. O'Connor's artworks are created on deep wood panels and possess a sculptural effect. His Driptronics Series is a fine art graffiti experiment. It’s a result of attempting to create an abstraction of wall writing while blurring the line between the gallery walls and the blank canvas of the streets. Through attention to color, negative space, symmetry, and verbiage each work of art conveys a unique message to the viewer.
Experimentation with different materials, textures and techniques in each of the paintings has been a point of discovery and a major part of Raul de la Torre's artwork. In his Fils I Colors series of works, he attempts to find the third dimension through the use of different materials. Initially, he removed paint from the artistic equation by slicing the works, combining canvas and paper with selected materials. Gradually, the slicing gained more importance, a reflection, perhaps, of his increased desire to be more aggressive. Embroidery provides another element as it creates thick shadows with organic shapes. When combined with light, these shapes change in their interaction with the observer.