February 9, 1996 |
Chad Attie's frantically lush paintings at Newspace Gallery beg the question of their own sincerity. Modernist abstraction is distilled into a concatenation of roiling, thick and steamy brush strokes, slathered on with an intensity that conjures a pumped-up De Kooning. Sometimes, a figure or a tree will emerge from behind the multicolored scaffolding, without a hope of distracting us from the spectacle. But the spectacle is designed to deceive.
April 25, 1996 |
The visual equivalent of nonsensical rhythms takes physical shape in Joyce Lightbody's collages at ACME Gallery. Titled "Song Maps and Root Laps," the artist's eccentric configurations of cut-up postage stamps, musical notes, fragmented poems, spidery lines and softly tinted colors form wacky cartographies of enchanting lands that are impossible to visit, except in your imagination. Each of Lightbody's small collages depicts a focused world that seems complete unto itself.
January 18, 2001
IRVINE 7-9 p.m. Art The Irvine Fine Arts Center will host a reception for three Los Angeles-based artists who are featured in separate solo exhibitions. Merion Estes' new paintings use a variety of techniques, including collage and decorative stenciling to create complex compositions. Joyce Lightbody will present works from 1994 to 1999. Her works are small and delicate, collaged, drawn and painted with intricate details that appear as musical scores or symbolic languages.
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January 27, 2001 |
Southland artists Merion Estes, Joyce Lightbody and Keith Sklar are three worker bees, busily interpreting life's relentless buzz. Their intricate, playful paintings and mixed-media works are on view through Feb. 25 at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in a spunky trio of solo shows called "Merion Estes, Paintings," "Joyce Lightbody, Selected Works 1994-1999" and "Keith Sklar, Recent Work."
February 24, 2000 |
Peter Norton, a computer software magnate, and his wife, Eileen, have continued to support Southern California art and recently gave works worth more than $3 million from their collection to 29 institutions in the United States and England. Recipients included the venerable Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as smaller, regional museums, including the Laguna Art Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art.
March 11, 1999
ART "Between Reality and Abstraction: California Art at the End of the Century," a survey of California art spanning the final two decades of the 20th century, closes Sunday at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, 14321 Yale Ave. Kim Abeles, Peter Alexander, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses, Marc Pally, Edward Ruscha, Carole Caroompas and Joyce Lightbody are among the 34 artists represented in the show, curated by Donna Stein and funded by the Hillcrest Foundation of Los Angeles.