LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts (Little Tokyo)
DECEMBER 1 to 29, 2013
Opening Reception: December 8th, 2013
Conversation with the Artists: 4PM
LA Artcore is pleased to pair two Southern California painters Vera Arutyunyan and Don McKinney for an exhibit that will position their abstract paintings together and offer an opportunity to consider two artist's distinct approaches to painting and abstraction.
McKinney, whose illustrious career as a painter has given rise to his stylized aesthetic combines in a tapestry, puzzle-like manner, compositions of motorized parts, ancient relics and industrial by-products, particularly investigating the mechanized structures around us as they rub shoulder to shoulder with human history. With a keen eye for the technological and questions pertaining to our notions of 'progress' in an industrialized world, Mckinney's fully-loaded color palette animates his works across both representational and abstract realms. McKinney's most recent work compiles his ideas into single, architectural structures in staged spaces. Growing up in the Midwest and receiving his MFA from Ohio University, McKinney has lived, worked and taught in California for over 30 years.
Looking to overcome the distances between her native homeland of Yerevan, Armenia and that of her newfound culture in the United States during the Early-Nineties, the urgency of Los Angeles artist Vera Arutyunyan's art took on an increased importance in order to bridge two worlds. Ms. Arutyunyan's abstract paintings continue to offer a directness of unmediated expression seen through their characteristically intense and immediate gestural brushwork in primary and secondary colors. Arutyunyan's work occupies a lineage of lyrical abstraction that is evocative of the space between the artist's dreams and her concepts of reality. Having been actively painting for over 20 years. Ms. Arutyunyan trained at Yerevan State University before relocating to the United States in 1991.
Written by Pranay Reddy
LA Artcore Brewery Annex (Lincoln Heights)
DECEMBER 1 to 29, 2013
Opening Reception: December 8th, 2013 1-3PM
Conversation with the Artists: 2PM
LA Artcore is pleased to present a three-artist show of three very different approaches to art, an exhibit that is sure to have something to interest everyone.
Hung Viet Nguyen produces vibrant, energetic paintings that blur the line between representation and abstract. Their surfaces are teeming with marks and surface treatments, buzzing with creative energy. In some works, paint is shaped and sculpted to create a textured relief of a seascape of portrait, while in other cases this personal method is applied to create an almost cellular display, as though viewing plant life through a microscope. It is something of a wonder to view the complexity and number of colors, which somehow defy muddiness, producing a clean, natural feeling.
Eunsil Jeoung, long-time Los Angles resident and alumni of the top art school in South Korea, Hongik, is an abstract painter who works with geometric shapes, color fields and contrasting elements, working with each painting as a singularity that demands its own resolution with itself. Her preferential shapes, and the nuances she uses to ameliorate their relationships to each other are where the signature hand of the artist is revealed.
Rebecca Edwards produces symbolic artwork charged with personal meaning but visually having the softened, refreshing noise and intrigue of her combined monotype and collage method. Recurring symbols have a personal meaning that comes across visually as whimsical yet wry, highly subtle and resembling certain work by Louise Bourgeois. They carry only hints of an almost dark undertone just beneath the soft, dreamy prints. She is interested in the paradox of a contemporary woman trying to have it all, the long legs of a chair being like an attractive woman facing the utilitarian entanglements of motherhood, or the vulnerable and fertile rabbit.
Written by R. Seitz