Sunday, December 7, 2014 3-5PM
Conversation with the Artists: 4PM
LA Artcore is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Los Angeles painter Beanie Kaman whose amalgams of landscape, abstraction and figuration have seen tremendous change upon returning to residence in Los Angeles after having lived, worked and raised her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the last twenty-four years. In this time Kaman developed a body of paintings whose compositions revolve between domesticated, Buddhist, and natural imagery on amorphous backgrounds or quilt-like foregrounds that belie the steady thread of the artist's hand guiding her subjects along. A sense of Santa Fe's enveloping, seasonal and color-saturated landscape is alternately conveyed as felt through the inward gaze of compositions that insulate their contents, fortifying them with densely-built up paint.
The most striking difference is evidenced between landscapes of the old and newly discovered; a shift from the interior cosmology of the "Santa Fe Works" to gazing outward to the views of the Pacific from her studio and reveling in reflection.
The elemental qualities and influences of light, air and water upon Kaman's newfound environment have found their way exuberantly into Kaman's paintings, a turn of the page that runs counter to much of the artist's works of the previous two decades of work, whose impulses emanated out of the familial, architectural and mental spaces the artist inhabited. Kaman's 2014 painting, "Gotta Be This or That" reflects a remarkable contrast and is one of the first paintings created upon returning to California, addressing change raptly at its outset. Where Kaman's previous works have conveyed ground in a variety of ways, as an image, color or expressed in material density, there is little trace in "Gotta Be This or That", or, of anything that isn't in transition.f Abstract forms surface and crash on what is a giant and blue body of water that is vast, powerful and sure to always change. Circular forms thread and dot the composition giving the painting both a sense of movement and simultaneity. The light of the sky's expanses heaves, contracts and expands once again. Cyclicality and funky pathways are articulated with dotted lines connecting forms that plunge and surface. Boundlessness ensues.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 1-3PM
Conversation with the Artist: 2PM
LA Artcore presents a group show of three artists with significant skill and distinct voices. Each working in varying degrees of abstraction while retaining links to the suggestion of recognizable form, they take us into the realm of our own role in interpreting and identifying unexpected forms.
Kathi Flood identifies herself as a guerrilla sociologist, creating sculptural collage out of ephemera and antiques, installations that occupy the walls salon style, burst out of frames to spill into the room, and accumulate on the furnishings. Her bricolage is full of history and appropriation, positive messages and affirmations of creativity. These provide viewers with curious details to hone in on and explore.
Steven Rey Fujimoto works with organic materials, shaping them beyond the threshold of certainty, until their character takes on the suggestions of more cosmic themes for the artist. In his work he sees collision, agitation, and masculinity, as well as ways of interpreting the flow and force of the natural world.
Emily Halpern produces expansive, striking paintings that walk the line between abstract and representational. Pulling deeply from her instinct and emotions, with an unrestrained, expressive color palette that avoids style or thematic uniformity, she undertakes a central struggle in modern painting of achieving balance in composition along with sincerity in the translation of personal visions.