Ratio 3 is pleased to present its debut exhibition of Noam Rappaport, which will open on February 15th and continue through March 23rd, 2013. This will be the first solo exhibition of Rappaport’s work on the West Coast.
This exhibition will feature a series of new works which simultaneously reside between painting, sculpture, assemblage, and drawing. One predominant motif within Rappaport’s work is the representation of image through minimal compositions, color, and mark making. With Rappaport's discerning use of simplified geometric shapes and refined color palates, the compositions reflect elements of the human form, landscape, and architecture. This suggestion of imagery is balanced with concepts of objecthood as expressed through constructions of commonplace materials and shaped canvases. The peripheries of these objects become the focus as color fields divide the shallow relief canvases, aluminum sheets drape over the edge of plywood panels and graphic lines appear to float in front of the surface.
These hybrid painting supports create a physical and perceptual relationship to the viewer. Negative spaces and blocks of color begin to suggest doorways, windows, and various characteristics that mirror the human figure. The attention to the space between the viewer and the work reinforces the idea that not only does a viewer look but he or she is also looked upon to play an active role in the object's function.
Some works within the exhibition offer sharp, near pristine finished qualities, while others present softer, more rough-hewn dispositions. Through careful consideration of material application, Rappaport incorporates fields of color composed from many layers of under-painting and drawing. Further elaborations of the seemingly straightforward compositions are explored with the use of divergent materials such as aluminum sheeting, lumber, painted reeds, and canvas wrapped frames. The use of these methods exemplify the artist’s willingness to approach the studio process as a continued experiment.
Noam Rappaport, born 1974 in Sweden currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Previous solo exhibitions include: James Fuentes Gallery, New York, 2012; White Columns, New York, 2010, and ATM Gallery, New York, 2008. Recent group exhibitions include: Beyond The Object, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2013; B. Wurtz & Co., Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, 2012; Robert Overby/Erik Frydenborg/John Henderson/Noam Rappaport, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, 2012;Chopped and Screwed, MKG127, Toronto, 2011; Out of Practice, Art Blog Art Blog, New York, 2011;Straw, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, 2011; Noam Rappaport, Tracy Thomason, Daniel Subkoff, Adam Marnie, James Fuentes, New York, 2010.