Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to announce “Strange Alphabet,” our first exhibition with Bart Exposito.
Exposito, who lived extensively in Los Angeles and currently resides in New Mexico, is a desert native and the beautiful subtleties of this landscape affect the palette and spaciousness of his paintings. In his new works for the exhibition, forms suggestive of typographic characters are rendered with sensitive lines over opaque and ambient planes of dusty color. The result is a duality, or contradiction, in the appearance of the paintings: flatness can be experienced as both dense and atmospheric, as foreground and as background, and often these states are indeterminate. Dense, flat panes of paint refer to the land. Atmospheric washes suggest the sky, or something more ambient. These contradictions inform the development of a sophisticated graphic sensibility, a “Strange Alphabet”, as a means to understand how painting exists as it’s own language.
Bart Exposito received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2000. He has had solo exhibitions at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and the Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA. His work was featured in the 2011 “Greater LA” exhibition curated by Eleanor Cayre, Benjamin Godsill, and Joel Mesler in New York, NY; “Goldmine: Contemporary Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael Gold,” University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA; and “Keeping it Straight” at the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.
“Tennis Court” is artist Xu Qu’s first large scale outdoor installation, and the second installment of the terrace project since our initial collaboration in the project “Control” with architect Wang Zhenfei. “Tennis Court”continues Xu Qu’s interest in studying movement of his previous line of thoughts, in focusing the momentary state observed in the movement of the object. The artist presents a 1/6 of a regular size tennis court for the viewers, and with the help of mechanical power, we can see the unique moments of a tennis ball in this court. This installation prompts us to inquire into the new ways of observation and the right of imagination.
Xu Qu, born in Jiansu Province in 1978, received a master degree in painting and film studies from the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany in 2008, who currently lives and works in Beijing.
The Terrace Project is an outdoor project established in 2013 at Taikang Space, a platform for cross-disciplinary artistic experiment. In collaboration with young artists, architects and designers on the third floor terrace of Taikang Space, it allows them to create works in an outdoor space of approximately 90 square meters, that aims to effectively explore on subjects such as public space in the contemporary artistic discourse, public art practice, concepts of the spectacle, and the multiple possibilities of the artist’s identity and etc.
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