916 Colorado Avenue
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Santa Monica, CA 90401 USA
Saturday, September 13, 2014–Saturday, November 1, 2014
Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition
of new paintings by Pia Fries. In this new body of work Fries incorporates isolated fragments ofhistorical etchings by Stefano della Bella (1610-1664), renowned Italian engraver of the Baroque period. Concentrated fragments of della Bella’s stirring etchings of tumultuous seas and skies and capsizing ships serve as the ground upon which Fries applies paint as a viscous mass: firm and fluid, heavy and light. Fries works within the tension of optical vs. physical weight through the interplay of texture, her energetic application of paint and expressive use of color. She integrates the printed and painted parts of the surface while continuing her interest in movement, transitory states and metamorphosis through traces of the hand, the action, and the tools used to facilitate mark making.
Pia Fries (b. 1955 Beromunster, Switzerland) lives and works in Dusseldorf and Berlin. Fries’ work has been included in exhibitions in the Venice Biennale, at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; and Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, Germany. Her work is in the collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany; and Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland,