Adorned Paintings (and more)
Angles Gallery is pleased to present, in Gallery 1, Adorned Paintings (and more), an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Linda Stark. This is Stark's fifth solo exhibition with Angles Gallery. The forthcoming exhibition will open with a public reception for the artist on Saturday, November 5, from 6-8 PM.
The exhibition will feature six new works from the series Adorned Paintings, and four small black paintings. The Adorned Paintings--all three feet square--were five years in the making, and are a further exploration of her interest in addressing the painting as body/figure. Each impastoed oil painting has been adorned with elements that are built up with solid oil paint, or hand carved in wood or polyclay.
Nuggets (2007), a monochrome pink painting with a faux gold nugget necklace attached, is a play of opposites, reductive painting and garish adornment. Ruins (2008), a torso, was inspired by combining two high-pink found objects, a tourist necklace from an unknown Latin American archeological ruin, and a blouse depicting Stonehenge under a full moon. In Peace (2009) a rusted, teardrop peace symbol pendant hangs above two flower-scab nipples in a fleshscape of galactic bruises. In Brand(2009), a solid oil bas-relief of the artist's navel is adorned with a flower brand and accompanying welt. Stark's palm is depicted in Stigmata (2011), branded with the cursive word "feminist," and blood droplets shooting outward from the text as stigmata. In Fixed Wave (2011), a waist-to-yoni green figure (suggesting Mother Nature), sports a solid oil paint teardrop belly button adornment.
In Stark's four small-scale black paintings she investigates contradictions. Arrested Countercloskwise Black Hole Swastika (2008), a Hindu-style swastika addresses the warping of a good luck symbol into one with negative implications. In The Eight Ball (2011), the lucky 8 might also be unlucky. In Fossil(2011), a buggy faux amber rendition of Durer's praying hands, we see the ossification of a hallowed form. In Burr Heart (2011), a "cherry amber" heart is inverted and impaled with stickers.
Stark has restlessly pursued a shifting set of overlapping oeuvres, encompassing everything from pure geometric abstraction, to process, to "fleshscapes" (some with text), to Pop-inflected animal painting. She drips, embanks and layers paint slowly, building incrementally over an extended period of time. Working in this way, the paintings reveal an accumulation of focus, resulting in what Stark strives for, the creation of a "resonant" object.
Linda Stark's work is included in nationally regarded public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Her work has been included in a number of group exhibitions including Made in California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (catalogue); Pop Surrealism, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (catalogue); L.A. Paint, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California; Extreme Abstraction,Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (catalogue); POSTMARK: An Abstract Effect, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (catalogue); Promising Suspects, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (catalogue); and Desire: Six Los Angeles Artists, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, among others. A 2008 recipient of the California Community Foundation Grant, Stark was the subject of a survey exhibition at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (catalogue) in 2002. Stark earned her BA degree at the University of California, Davis, and MFA degree at the University of California, Irvine. Stark lives and works in Los Angeles, California.