Nano Rubio: Vectors, Recent Paintings, and in the rear gallery, David Eddington: Ontology, Recent Paintings

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Muscle Mesh, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 18 X 14 In
Nano Rubio: Vectors, Recent Paintings, and in the rear gallery, David Eddington: Ontology, Recent Paintings
Curated by: George Lawson

315 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, California 94103
May 30th, 2012 - June 30th, 2012
Opening: June 2nd, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Potrero District
Wednesday–Saturday: 11:30AM–5:30PM
mixed-media, conceptual, figurative, modern


For our tenth exhibition in the front gallery we will be showing recent work by Los Angeles painter Nano Rubio. A 2011 Claremont MFA graduate, Rubio already has several shows to his credit, including Max Presneill's wonderfully curated  To Live and Paint in LA at the Torrance Museum. Rubio has developed a sophisticated and robust procedural vernacular. His visual language—based on the juxtaposition of opposites such as the precision of an auto detailer's pinstriping wheel against the gestural loops of a house painter's brush—is at once abstract and grounded in the tools and techniques of painting, yet adept at carrying narrative, even socio-political content. Rubio's paintings embody the dynamism of his immediate environment without foregoing painting's deep history. They echo the contemporary dilemma of burgeoning technocracy, the checked impulses of organic life amidst the intrusions of distributed digital networks. In many ways he has crafted a contemporary version of the John Henry parable, swinging his brush like a hammer. This is Rubio's first solo show with our gallery. It is exciting to find a painter so young in his career this deeply and successfully involved in the potential of his medium. 

In the rear gallery we will be showing recent works by seasoned British painter David Eddington, who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. These paintings are selections from two series entitled Ontology and Water and Power, intimately-scaled acrylics on panels, found objects made from the perforated metal templates for old computer mother boards. Eddington utilizes an array of paint handling, from broadly washed marks to illustration techniques, set against the raw metal much as in pre-Renaissance panels with their backgrounds of tooled gold leaf. Eddington brings a deft touch and a dry sense of humor to issues of considerable gravity in the socio-economic sphere. Juggling a repertoire cast of symbols from boat hulls to propellers to foundation-less buildings, he always manages to strike the right balance while casting a critical eye that reminds one of the ethics in paint of Honoré Daumier. Eddington has shown extensively over almost forty years in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Spain, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and the UK. This is his first solo show with our gallery.