reception: December 3, 2017
LA Artcore is pleased to present a tandem-solo exhibit with Los Angeles artists Bodgan Dumitrica and Elaine Parks
The oil-on-paper works of Los Angeles artist Bogdan Dumitrica explore intersections between nature and culture, rendering an array of natural and man-made forms against the paper's white spaces. Realized in vivid detail, Dumitrica's realism paradoxically abstracts his subject matter, transfiguring dried cacti leaves into architectural vessels, dried tree roots into weapons, and Egyptian pigeon pens as jewel-like enclosures. Dumitrica envisions man's relationship to nature as both entropic and generative. For more information on the artist, please visit the artist's website.
Also from Los Angeles, artist Elaine Parks' investigation of culture and nature pervades across her sculptures and paintings imbued with a sense of exploration and connection of materiality, time and space. Parks' concepts are materialized in found and household objects and inextricably linked with the remote high desert landscape of Northern Nevada, where the artist spends a good amount of time. Within this context, the sky, Parks says, is all-encompassing and nature's vast possibilities are presented in clear view, particularly the stars at night. Parks describes her most recent body of work as a serendipitous turn of events that brought her upon a bed of animal bones-most likely those cast of from birds of prey-and then the unlikely use of tar, which the artist was using on the roof of her residence. As the artist experimented further, and understood the material properties of tar on panels, she began to embed the bones in the shape of constellations. Along with pearls and metallic pigments, Parks has amassed a vast array of works that are bound conceptually to both everyday life, the culture of remote climes, and the cosmos' breathtaking infiniteness. For more on Parks, please visit https://www.behance.net/elaineparks (P. Reddy)