Peter Lodato: “Nineties ‘til Now”
Beginning on April 24, 2009 Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, at 435 South Guadalupe Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico will present “Nineties ‘til Now”, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper spanning two decades from 1990 through 2009.
Peter Lodato, who was born in 1946 in Los Angeles, California, has exhibited extensively and received significant acclaim throughout his art career. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, his art consisted of environmental works utilizing space, powerful lights, mirrors, shadows and reflections. Soon after, Lodato realized he could make a similar statement by replacing the reflected light and shadow images with paint applied directly to the walls in large flat and glossy panels of color and black and white. These works were exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1972), PS1 in New York City (1978), the Whitney Biennial (1981), and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (1985). More recently, Lodato’s work has consisted of abstract paintings and works on paper that have the same perceptual quality as his early light and space installations. Lodato’s simple compositions are concerned with positive and negative space, and the pitting of shapes against edges and margins. He mixes geometric abstraction, in the vein of Ellsworth Kelly, with investigations of defined luminosity, similar to Mark Rothko.