AMERINGER | McENERY | YOHE is pleased to announce an exhibition of
recent works by Kevin Appel. The exhibition will open 13 March and will remain on view through 19 April
2014. A public reception for the artist will be held on 13 March from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Using his photographs as a ground on which
to build paintings, Appel applies layers of
paint to the mechanically printed image
on each canvas. He is responding to that
which could be interpreted as a complete
photographic image by obstructing and
compressing the space with a screen of
paint to bring the two methods of viewing
contentiously together as the viewer looks
through one element to another and back.
The abstract application of paint on the
surface and a photographic representation
of another time and place masked in the
background create layers, each obliterating
The discarded desert landscape churns
below the painted surface, in and out of
view, often recalling gestural brushwork
while giving the abstractions a sense
of deep space. Alternately, the painted
surface exhibits strong compositions with
deliberate application of oil and acrylic
paint in hard-edge geometric patterns and
forms derived from the built environment.
In these new works, Appel furthers his ongoing contemplation of the compromised landscapes and
failed utopias endemic to Southern California. Appel focuses on the developed and underdeveloped
layers that constitute the collage-like, organic nature of Los Angeles and its surrounding desert. In these
environments, he focuses on a subject that has collapsed on itself projecting a sense of the catastrophic.
For Appel, this is not a negative or grim fact. Rather it is what interests him about the urban environment
specific to the terrain in which he dwells.
KEVIN APPEL was born in 1967 in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1990 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the
University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. The artist is the recipient of the 2011 California Community
Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and the Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award, The
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Appel has had numerous national and international solo exhibitions, including “Paintings,” Susanne
Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA; “Drawings,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA; and “Descripcion
sin lugar: Una seleccion de obras de Kevin Appel,” Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico. He
has also had exhibitions at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Marianne Boesky Gallery,
New York, NY; Wilkinson Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; and The
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; among others.
Group exhibitions include “Kevin Appel, Canon Hudson, Betsy Lin Seder,” Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los
Angeles, CA; “LANY,” Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY; “Beta Space: Kevin Appel and Ruben Ochoa,”
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; “Drawing Now: Eight Propositions,” The Museum of Modern Art,
New York, NY; “Painting at the Edge of the World,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and “Abstract
Painting Once Removed,” Contemporary Arts Center, Houston, TX; among others.
Appel’s work may be found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York,
NY; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los
Angeles, CA; the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; The New York Public Library, New York, NY;
the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; the Fogg
Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the Logan Collection, Vail, CO; and the Saatchi Collection,
London, United Kingdom.
Kevin Appel lives and works in Los Angeles.