New Works in Pastel

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New Works in Pastel

@ Sept 2008 - moved to New York
Los Angeles, CA 90012
February 3rd, 2007 - March 10th, 2007
Opening: February 3rd, 2007 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Stan Kaplan and Eric Niebuhr
New Works in Pastel
February 3 – March 10, 2007 

Mary Goldman Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of pastel works on paper by Stan Kaplan and Eric Niebuhr, on view from February 3 through March 10, 2007.   An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, February 3, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Kaplan and Niebuhr are both painters who have, in different ways, pushed the boundaries of paint to achieve their desired pictorial effects.  The artists have recently explored chalk pastel, a medium that presents technical difficulties while proposing an alternate spatial terrain. Stan Kaplan’s gestural oil paintings dismiss repetition for bold experimentation in color and light. His frequently large-scale canvases compose and modulate the pigment towards an organic abstraction that is seamlessly organized, yet appears spontaneous. Kaplan’s new pastel drawings have yielded more intimate works on paper. By transforming his unique syntax of painting into one of drawing, he has made work that is still layered with sumptuous color, but pushes the composition of his abstractions into surprisingly intensified visual territories.

More referential in subject matter, Eric Niebuhr abstracts familiar images in extremely refined poured acrylic works, where each field of color interrupts pictorial uniformity and allows the figuration to slowly reveal itself. Niebuhr re-interprets images from classic and popular cinema to create contemporary genre paintings in which the spiritual meets everyday popular culture.  In his pastel works on paper, Niebuhr provokes the properties of beauty associated to the medium by using muted colors and gritty narratives. However, he exploits the blurred texture and natural ambiguity of pastel’s technical properties to enhance his study of the sublime and psychedelic.

Stan Kaplan is a Los Angeles based artist whose work has been included in various group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and most recently at the Museum of Modern Art, Scottsdale, AZ. Eric Niebuhr is a Texas born artist who currently lives and works in Los Angeles.  He has exhibited in Europe, New York, California and Texas and was part of the 2004 traveling exhibition 100 Artists See God, curated by Meg Cranston and John Baldessari.  He is currently exhibiting work at the 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, organized by the Hammer Museum.

Mary Goldman Gallery is located at 932 Chung King Road in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm or by appointment.  For further information, please contact the gallery at 213 617 8217 or email Visit our web site to find information on current and past exhibitions and gallery artists.