5820 Wilshire Blvd #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036
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March 28 – April 18
Opening Reception, Saturday March 28th, 6 – 10pm
Christopher Martin Hoff
Todd Carpenter - My paintings attempt to examine the effects of light and the role light plays in our recognition and aesthetic experience of the visual world.
Our surroundings are too varied and complex for our brains to contain a complete catalog of what we might perceive, making it necessary for us to rely on short cuts for understanding visual information. Light - more specifically contrast - must play a critical role in this process of comprehension. Subtle variations in light enable us to understand properties such as form, texture, and even atmospheric quality. In fact, objects are defined and understood not so much by their details as by the manner in which they interact with light: clouds can take on an infinite variety of shades or shapes, but there is something distinctive about the way in which light passes through a cloud; similarly, a square corner is distinguished from a round one primarily by the manner in which the illuminated and shadowed portions meet.
To explore these perceptual mechanisms I paint a simplified reality, highlighting the effects of light and incorporating only a minimal amount of other detail. Rather than paint objects, I try to paint the light that they transmit or reflect. In the process, I strive for a slightly more stylized world: one defined by a light that lends beauty even to the gutters and haze of the city. ~ T.C.
Christopher Martin Hoff - Thinking about the word “Structure” triggers an endless list of associations, from the enormous projects we construct to the molecular arrangements from which we are built. As an urban “plein-air” landscape painter, I have explored how everyday structures influence us. The roads we travel, the buildings we occupy and the signs we read all serve as both background and performer. Hidden within a cracked section of pavement, a rust-stained dumpster or colorful graffiti are stories. By peeling back some of the extraneous layers of this urban fabric, my series of paintings invite the viewer to become a creative collaborator in assembling these stories. – CMH
Christopher lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
It is a road map the observer can decide to follow.
Scott Teson - The city is a place where people, architecture, and fragmented pockets of nature – real and artificial – intersect. My work is about the profound and mysterious relationship between people and the surrounding environment of the city. I consider the buildings we construct, the signs we put up, the merchandise we display, and the materials we surround ourselves with to be a reflection of who we are, both culturally and psychologically.
We live in a unique time, one in which the artist is free to borrow from various styles and genres from the past as well as the present. I often combine references to a wide range of genres within a single painting. Classical Realism, Post-Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Graffiti Art all rub shoulders with one another on the same canvas – not purely as a Postmodern strategy, but also because I want my work to reflect the incredible cultural and sociological diversity that can be seen in the city.
Borrowing from various stylistic sources in much the same way as a Hip-hop artist samples from other artists’ music, I not only pay homage to art history, but also create a kind of collaged space on the canvas to reflect our current “cut-and-paste” culture and the conjoined feelings of fragmentation and surprising connections that we in modern society often experience.
I think it’s intriguing how things often connect and overlap in subtle and unexpected ways. The desire to explore such associations is one of the motivating forces behind my work. What I find so fascinating, and what I try to include in my work, is the poetry of the ordinary, the underlying beauty of the various people, places, and materials that surround us. ~ S. T.