Los Angeles

James Hyde

Angles Gallery

Like ruins from some future archaeological dig, James Hyde’s nonrepresentational “frescoes” on large chunks of Styrofoam give suggestive shape to the fleeting landscape of the present. Unlike much theory-fueled abstract painting, Hyde’s works are at once elusive and materialist, playful and rigorous. They manage to carve out a paradoxical place for themselves by letting the present slip silently away, but not without surreptitiously exerting a slight spin on its invisible trajectory.

Hyde’s paintings work in the space between memory and experience. As ungraspable recollections or fluid distortions, they invite you to reinvestigate the evidence, matching it against what you thought you saw, but are uncertain whether it belonged to the painting’s surface, the surrounding light, or your mood’s influence on your perceptual acuity. The desire to put parts back together is held in lively tension

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