los-angeles

Charles Garabedian

L.A. Louver

Charles Garabedian has consistently painted some of the freshest, most idiosyncratic and emotionally compelling paintings to come out of Los Angeles. His territory is standard: landscape, still life, abstraction, and the figure, and he has made the most of these modes for 25 straight years. At various times all of these genres have crawled and blurred their way into one another in his pictures. In a painting of a cityscape is a solitary arm, lacking a torso, fitted neatly within the archway of a building. Inside a still life are abstract markings, nonsensical calligraphy, and stonelike frozen figures. The combinations are too numerous to mention, always perplexing and reasonable. Garabedian’s is an expanded field of references; he allows the direction of a painting to be dictated by a chance marking, creating a plurality of meanings. What he ends up with are brilliant unforeseen truths —

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