Los Angeles

Jörg Lozek

Sandroni.Rey

It was hard at first to figure out just what was going on in the four large paintings of interiors that Leipzig-based artist Jörg Lozek presented, along with four portraits, in his recent US solo debut at Sandroni Rey. As whirlwinds of painted and drawn pattern—the surfaces depicted include wallpaper, flooring, and upholstery—jumbled with hard-edged swatches of poured color, they negotiated a tempestuous push-pull, becoming a sort of manic, quasi-illusionist take on Frank Stella’s late ’60s abstractions. But the compositional cacophony ultimately yields to spatial order, thanks in large part to the vaguely glamorous lads, one per painting, who are shown variously dozing off with a book, reading in a rocking chair, writing in a journal, and gazing out of a window. Centrally placed, these figures make an effective contrast with Lozek’s renderings of angular attic rooms sparsely furnished

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