In an Indeterminate Place
Angles Gallery is pleased to present, In an Indeterminate Place, an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Adam Ross. This is Ross's fourth solo exhibition with Angles Gallery. The forthcoming exhibition will open with a public reception for the artist on Saturday, January 7, 2012, 6-8 PM.
This new body of work continues the artist's ongoing investigation of the fictional space obtainable in paintings, which has always been a central concern in his work. In recent years, this has been exemplified by an obsession with the figure/ground dichotomy, continued in this body of work. The difference, today, is in that the figurative component of the paintings is less tentative and more assertive, particularly in the way it has coalesced into strict geometry. It is reminiscent of constructivism, with a strong presence of arithmetic. There is a repeated use of the square as a main motif. Even when the shapes appear to be just lines, there is a type of gestalt that asserts a square.
The grounds are much deeper, and in all works approaching pure saturation of color--confronting the viewer with a visual "pop" analogous to the dramatic effect of the figure popping off of the ground. The palette is a faithful use of primaries, one red, one yellow and two blues (one warm and one cool) throughout the paintings. The four colors (all pure pigments) reinforce the geometric language, with its preponderance of right angles.
Adam Ross's work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at venues including Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; New Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Gallery; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina; Hales Gallery, London; Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York; Galerie Jean-Luc et Takako Richard, Paris; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, among others. His work has been reviewed in such notable publications as Artforum, Art in America, Tema Celeste, ARTnews, Art Issues, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Ross studied at University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He lives and works in Altadena, California.