Keeping it Straight: Right Angles and Hard Edges In Contemporary Southern California Art
Riverside, CA 92501
There is renewed interest in abstraction around the art world. In southern California that interest takes on particular poignancy as we rediscover our recent artistic heritage and find that it was dominated by great experimentation in abstract form and material. In particular, the geometric abstraction practiced in the 1950s and `60s in Los Angeles, Claremont, Orange County, and elsewhere in the Southland – hard-edge painting, finish/fetish sculpture, and the like – has inspired the geometric abstraction being done in the "neighborhood" today.
"Keeping It Straight: Right Angles and Hard Edges in Contemporary Southern California Art" brings together the work of diverse artists in the greater Los Angeles and Inland areas who favor sharp edges, clear colors, and in many cases the right angle. Indeed, there is a strong impulse among these artists to recover and re-interpret the geometric art not just of 1960s California, but of 1940s New York and 1920s Europe as well. These artists are well aware that the geometry they practice has a century-long history, and are eager to extend it in revitalized form(s) into our time.
Organized by Riverside Art Museum Senior Curator Peter Frank, "Keeping It Straight" features the work of southern California artists Charles Arnoldi, Michael Braden, Rhea Carmi, Alex Couwenberg, Guy Dill, Bart Exposito, Manuela Friedmann, Brad Howe, Joan Kahn, Barbara Kerwin, Christoff Koon, William Lane, John Mason, Mela M., David McDonald, Danny Shain, Eric Justin Smail, Vasa, and Patrick Wilson.