Rogue Wave '07: 12 Artists from Los Angeles
Venice, CA– L.A. Louver is pleased to announce Rogue Wave ’07, which will take place during summer 2007. This is the third exhibition in the Rogue Waveseries, that aims to capture the spirit and vitality of art currently being made in Los Angeles.
Rogue Wave ’07encompasses a broad range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, installation and conceptual art. While ranging widely not only in media, but also in subject and approach, the works included in Rogue Wave ’07are united by common threads. These threads include either a direct or tacit acknowledgment of art history; interest in the frailty of the human condition; an engagement with the environment and political issues, and in the uniformly high level of excellence in the
making of the works.
Joseph Biel (drawing and painting) is primarily interested in charged human situations. Biel’s work offers multiple narrative possibilities where comedy, tragedy, drama and banality collide in meticulously wrought pencil drawings. Rogue Wave ’07will feature the artist’s largest work to date: a tour-de-force surreal landscape entitled Compound, 2007, 80 x 82 inches. Joshua Callaghan(sculpture and installation) uses humble materials to form complex constructions that re-imagine and reorganize systems in the world around us, whileAmirFallah(photography, painting and sculpture) works in both two and three dimensions, tocreate magical worlds where space and flatness, abstraction and representation, converge.
Portia Hein(painting) offers fluid interpretations of landscapes that hover between artifice and nature. The new work sees the artist return to the richness of oil paint and a darker palette than in previous years. Questioning and dislocating our everyday perceptions of being and knowing is the primary concern of Dan Ho(sculpture). Ho achieves this by creating fantastic new worlds that destabilize our sense of self. For Rogue Wave ’07 the artist will make a living environment for the gallery’s skyroom. Ben Jackel (sculpture) makes finely crafted, inherently fragile works from ceramic and wood, which address issues of war and territory.
An installation in L.A. Louver’s south gallery by Osman Khan(new media) explores the subversion of identity and communication through an interactive piece that harnesses satellite technology. Inspired by thepalettes and compositions of heroic artists such as Velasquez, Goya and Poussin, Tom LaDuke(painting) offers a poetic and haunting image of Los Angeles. LaDuke’s paintings interface between TV/movies and a vision of the artist’s own domestic environment. Euan MacDonald(drawing and video), addresses memory and longing in a series of diptych
drawings that juxtapose text and image. Basing his work on found images and by focusing on detail and in the particular, MacDonald conjures vast psychological landscapes that seem just
beyond the viewer’s grasp.
Process orientated, Sandeep Mukherjee(work on paper) creates seductive fields of colored abstraction where dimension is brought forth through the removal and dissolution of inks applied to Duralene sheets. Also materially orientated, Eduardo Sarabia (drawing and sculpture) is interested in the process and politics of art making. Sarabia explores the idea that art making is an act of smuggling ideas into culture, and in so doing frequently employs Mexican craftspeople to fabricate his work. The work of Timothy Tompkins (painting) deals with political subjects. Utilizing sign-painting enamel on aluminum panel, Tompkins draws on mass media images while acknowledging art historical subjects in his high-keyed canvases.