Our artists contemplate the ability of the world to transform in this week’s gallery picks.
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1. “The Colossalalia paintings are a rogues’ gallery of old Los Angeles neighborhoods. They serve as visual signposts to a landscape vaguely recalled, or no longer extant. As neighborhoods change through neglect, destruction or development, these paintings remain as souvenirs of a world systematically being erased” – Hilary Baker at Offramp Gallery
2. Mark Ryden’s latest series is informed by the geometric structure “dodecahedron,” a solid figure bearing 12 sides whose perfect symmetry has been the source of extensive query by mathematicians and scientists since antiquity. Drawing upon the form’s mystery and divine connotations as a source of inspiration, Ryden explores the bridge between the physical world and the intangible realm at Paul Kasmin Gallery
3. The vocabulary of images in Mark Ryden’s new body of work remains consistent with his pervasive distortion of scale and his iconic fairytale-like creatures set against seductive landscapes of untouched beauty. However, the subject of his latest series is informed by the geometric structure “dodecahedron,” a solid figure bearing twelve sides whose perfect symmetry has been the source of extensive query by mathematicians and scientists since antiquity Ron English’s Neonature examines the art of evolution, the flaw that propels civilization at Corey Helford Gallery
4. Examining the evolution of the feather at Andrea Rosen Gallery
5. Both David Marc Grant and Adrian Landon Brooks are influenced by the notion of time – past, present and future. Grant continues to explore the idea of a mythical future world in his series of acrylic paintings on wood panel. In contrast, Brooks is inspired by materials and aesthetics of past eras at Campfire Gallery
6. Whitney Bedford’s exhibition will include a series of uniformly scaled landscapes; these images of a tropical desert form an exploration of the sublime, of Eden, of the origins of awe in nature, that hints at the cinematic. Bedford will also present a trio of monumental landscape paintings rendered in gold ink with her exemplary draftsmanship and painterly exuberance at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects