A Perfect Rhythm: Landscapes and Still Lifes
Feb 9 – Apr 16, 2021
Artists Dan McCleary, Christine Nguyen, Lucas Reiner, and Andy Woll all share an affinity for their natural surroundings that they are masterfully able to convey through their individual artistic practices. Their processes begin with patient observation; they are as concerned with empty space as they are with the objects within. They are conscious of how colors change with the light, which is evident in Woll’s multiple views of Mt. Wilson which have vastly varied color palettes. They pinpoint organic wonders amidst our manmade world, as Reiner did with his watercolor trees in Five Views on La Cienega Blvd. Their unique mark-making techniques, whether it's Nguyen's multimedia cyanotypes or McCleary's smooth oil strokes in his staged still lifes, produce "A Perfect Rhythm" when presented all together that allows for the viewer to look closely and share in the artists' joy and tranquility. Creating these works gave the artists a peaceful reprieve which viewers can also enjoy by escaping into the ineffable beauty of landscapes and still lifes.
Dan McCleary’s paintings capture everyday objects and people that are often overlooked. His larger figurative works often include smaller still life scenes, but after spending the last year in the solitude and unusual quiet of his Los Angeles studio, he has shifted his focus to set-ups of fruit and flower imagery which he paints from life. McCleary’s work has appeared in more than 50 solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. His work is included in collections of public and private institutions such as The Hammer Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library.
Christine Nguyen was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and currently resides in Denver, CO and Long Beach, CA. Her curiosity of the natural world inspires her practice which draws largely from nature and the sciences. Her cyanotypes in particular allow her to experiment with several different interests at once, from organic elements to celestial explorations to the photographic process and beyond. She received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and her work has been featured at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong Kong, among many others.
Throughout Lucas Reiner’s three decade career, he has produced several notable series of chromatically variegated paintings that reflect his perennial inspirations including contemporary urban trees. He has used a range of media– watercolor, oil, photography, etc. –to examine the formal collision between organic growth and the harsh strictures of contemporary urban life embodied by the trees that line city streets. Reiner has exhibited internationally, and his work is represented in public and private collections, including the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Reiner lives and works between Los Angeles and Berlin.
Andy Woll’s canvases are driven by an obsessive exploration of form as well as the materiality of paint. By repeatedly painting the same subject, he allows himself space for unlimited improvisation and discovery. Over the past five years, he has returned to Mt. Wilson as a subject, the peak that sits just East of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel mountains. As a native of Los Angeles, he has an intimate knowledge of the mountain’s physicality from traversing its many trails and streams. As a painter, he has found continual inspiration in the way the mountain’s surface reflects the light of the Los Angeles Basin, an ever-changing spectrum that shifts hour to hour, day to day, allowing him infinite possibilities of palettes to explore. Woll has exhibited at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Denny Dimin Gallery, New York, NY; Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA; and others.
In the newly added back room of the gallery, “New Prints from Art Division” is on view from February 9 - March 13, 2021. Art Division is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing young artists with accessible, affordable arts training and academic support. Founded by Dan McCleary in 2010, Art Division is committed to building and maintaining a thriving arts community in the predominantly Latino neighborhood around historic MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. From March 16 - April 16, 2021, the back room of the gallery will feature new works by artists local to the Telluride area.