Opening reception: Friday, November 19, 5:00-8:00 PM
Artist talk: Saturday, November 20, 2:00-3:00 PM
David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present Lost Landscapes, a solo exhibition of abstract landscape paintings by Dimitri Kozyrev surveying his work from four different series painted this past decade. Paintings from the Lost Landscape, Black Square and 99.999 series are based upon the landscapes that we view from our peripheral vision while driving on the open road at high speeds with eyes focused on the road. Kozyrev explores the interaction between the disjointed parts that we actually see and the blanks that are filled in by our memories through his use of fragmented elements of the landscape, minimal details and distortions of figure and ground relationships and color. The effect is the visual and mental blur that we see while motoring down the freeway. Paintings in the newest series, Lost Edge, address the scars of war on the landscape and the regeneration of the land and thus, the self-healing and erasing the memory of the regimes that inflicted the wounds. Kozyrev again uses fragmentation, but in a more sharp and jagged way as a metaphor for the slashing of war. Modernist architecture and its ruin is prevalent in this series to reflect man’s hand in such devastation, along with a simple color pallet of black, white, red and green.
Dimitri Kozyrev was born in 1967 in Leningrad, USSR and moved to United States in 1991. He received his MFA from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000 and his BFA from Ohio University in 1997. Kozyrev has had multiple solo shows at Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles and Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, California. His work has also been included in numerous group shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Amsterdam and London. His drawing project, Black Square, was exhibited in the VIII International Krasnoyarsk Biennale. Reviews of his work have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Artweek, and Artforum. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Art at The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by Colin Gardner, Professor of Critical Theory and Integrative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
David Richard Contemporary is located in downtown Santa Fe north of the historic plaza. The gallery offers a range of important contemporary art with an emphasis on abstraction in a variety of media by established and emerging American and international contemporary artists, as well as historically significant works from the 1960s through the 1980s.