Blythe Projects is pleased to present Cloudcuckooland; celebrating Blythe Projects’ inaugural show in the Culver City Arts District and Mark Schoening’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
Sparked by Schoening’s impressions during the recent move from his native east coast to the swells of Los Angeles, Cloudcuckooland is the center of Schoening’s new work. Cloudcuckooland is an unrealistic state where everything is seemingly perfect; yet the truth remains, instability and chaos have become the norm. His palette of neons and metallics distracts, attracts and separates multiple layers within each composition. This results in a wildly active range of viewing possibilities. Each densely layered juncture is encased in a coat of resin. This acts as a lens allowing the viewer to experience multiple moments simultaneously. These ‘information explosions’, captured outside of time and space, reflect the world we have created for ourselves: a world where one must remain partially unaware of reality in order to exist.
A strong influence in Schoening’s work is the aesthetic generated by the high-speed flash photographs produced during the 1950’s at MIT. For the first time, we saw moments in time that had previously been impossible. Technology had frozen time. What seemed to be simple physical interactions and reactions had revealed magnificent complexities and, at times, beautifully ordered chaos.
Mark Schoening received his BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He currently lives, works and plays in Los Angeles with his wife, Dawn.
Blythe Projects is located at 5797 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California 90232. For more information please contact Hillary Metz at 323.272.3642 and firstname.lastname@example.org.