July 26, 2012 |
Kevin Appel's new paintings are at war with themselves. While that may be hell for the artist, it's great for viewers: We get to watch as the talented painter goes back and forth between building taut compositions and blotting them out, leaving some shards scattered randomly and burying others under impenetrable layers of icy white paint. It's a give-and-take drama whose quiet fury is fueled by a kind of decisiveness that brooks little compromise and takes no prisoners. At Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, each of Appel's 11 new paintings begins as a pristine, porcelain-coated canvas onto which enlarged photographs get mechanically printed in ultraviolet inks.
June 4, 1998
* "Michael Lardizabal: Picturing a Lost Era"--A display of landscape photographs of the Northeast, including "Delaware Canal, Pennsylvania," above, opens Saturday at Jan Kesner Gallery. * "Matthew Brown: On Earth as It Is in Heaven"--New paintings that explore the spiritial in art go on view Saturday at Kohn Turner Gallery. The exhibition continues though July 2. "Culture y Cultura: How the U.S.-Mexican War Shaped the West--The historical exhibition continues through Sept.
May 18, 2012 |
At CB1 Gallery, all but one of Daniel Aksten's 10 new paintings in “Support, Edge, Variation” call to mind Minimalism. Their sharp edges, solid colors, geometric compositions and spray-painted surfaces appear to embrace the same rigorous regimentation of that keep-it-simple style from the 1960s. The oddball, “Phanorama (Line, radius),” suggests that Aksten is too promiscuous a painter to be a Minimalist. At 5-by-5 feet, it's the largest work in the show. It's also the most pictorial, with solid bands, overlapping shapes and spindly linear elements evoking a tabletop still life.
January 3, 2010
Reviews by David Pagel (D.P.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. Critics' Choices Nathaniel de Large: at large De Large is a light-handed junk-picker whose search for quirky stuff is only the beginning of an out-of-step quest to refashion the world into a playground for the imagination. The L.A. artist gets viewers to experience the world as a loopy adventure, a meandering journey filled with serendipitous twists and wonderful turns that keep us on our toes, almost dancing.
October 31, 1997 |
Reverie and Despair: At first, Emilio Cueto's stark new paintings at Newspace yield little but texture and tone. Half of them, painted on wood, are smooth and slick, an inky black in the corners dissolving to a smoky puff of gray in the center. The others, painted on canvas, are an all-over pristine ivory, with occasional sanded-down blips and bumps that hint at underlying, contrasting layers of paint.
July 20, 2012 |
Once inside a painting by Iva Gueorguieva, it's hard to leave. It's hard to want to leave. The surfaces, colors, shapes all clamor for attention, whisking the eye on a brisk, pinball course in disparate directions, then granting it moments of reprieve, small sanctuaries of brooding beauty. This is 21st century action painting, cousin to last century's version in its physicality, its conflation of internal and external realities and its scale. The largest -- and best -- works in Gueorguieva's show at Susanne Vielmetter exceed and envelop you. At more than 70 inches high and 100 inches wide, they literally position you within them by occupying your entire field of vision, the optical equivalent of surround sound.