Main Gallery: David Klamen Meta-Paintings and Remixes; Gallery Two: Joseph Hart KISS IDIOMS

Main Gallery: David Klamen Meta-Paintings and Remixes; Gallery Two: Joseph Hart KISS IDIOMS

untitled (van gogh) by david klamen

David Klamen

Untitled (Van Gogh), 2014

mother and child remix by david klamen

David Klamen

Mother and Child Remix, 2013

monet remix by david klamen

David Klamen

Monet Remix, 2014

untitled (monet 3) by david klamen

David Klamen

Untitled (Monet 3), 2014

meta-paintings 2 by david klamen

David Klamen

Meta-Paintings 2, 2013

untitled (k.i.07) by joseph hart

Joseph Hart

Untitled (K.I.07), 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (Opening Reception: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 6 p.m. (EST))

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Culver City, CA 90232 USA

David Klamen Meta-Paintings and Remixes

Mark Moore Gallery is proud to present "Meta-Paintings and Remixes,” an exhibition of paintings by gallery artist, David Klamen. Marking the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery, this recent body of work showcases Klamen’s newest paintings of paintings. In these works, the artist further investigates the nature, source, and limits of knowledge by undermining the foundation of our empirical experience: our sense of sight. In each new painting, Klamen radically re-invents famous paintings from the pre-modern and modern era, overlapping seemingly incompatible artistic visions as a metaphor for our phenomenological search for meaning.

According to Plato’s concept of forms, the world that we know through our senses often deceives us by way of subjective images. Klamen’s multi-canvas installation, “Meta-Paintings” (2013), elaborates on this concept by presenting well-known works of art in a recontextualized space, highlighting the deception of each image through masterful illusion and imagination. In these twenty-five smaller paintings, Klamen presents an installation that playfully mimics a salon style hanging. The diagonal slopes created by the various slanting paintings suggest a cubist bas-relief that compresses art historical time periods and physical space. As is the case with nearly all of his paintings, each iconic artwork (as well as its frame, and oftentimes wall label) is meticulously rendered as a representation of a representation, moving further and further from its archetypal form—pointing to a distortion of reality already present in the original image. To further complicate the simulacrum, Klamen plays with the viewer’s perception by drastically altering the perspective of the painting, tilting the work at an oblique angle within his own canvas. In his “remixes,” Klamen manipulates images from the art historical canon by warping then into optical oscillations full of contingencies and surprises. The psychedelic result suggests a disoriented ocular state that hints at the malleable nature of our reality—a reality that relies heavily on the conviction of our individual experiences.

David Klamen (American, b.1961) earned his Bachelor's of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1983 and his Master's of Fine Arts in Painting at the School of the Art Institute in 1985. He is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Northwest. Klamen is represented in the following public collections: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (CA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (IL), the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), and the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison (WI), De Young Museum (CA), Illinois State Museum (IL), and others.


In Gallery Two, Mark Moore Gallery proudly presents new work by Brooklyn-based artist Joseph Hart. An inaugural solo show for the artist in Los Angeles, "KISS IDIOMS" will showcase several works on paper and paintings on canvas that demonstrate Hart's trademark marriage between whimsical mark-making and Brutalism.

Navigating the tension between serenity and chaos, Hart presents abstracted renditions of physicality; both space and objects become reconstituted gestures or collage. Like blurry snapshots or excerpts from Hart's active process, elements of his compositions coalesce into a survey of tactility. Abrupt line work, colorful snippets of studio debris, pieces appropriated from his daughter’s sticker cache, and smudged, quilt-like patterns in oil paint, all form loose aesthetic references to Twombly, Joan Mitchell, and Mondrian, but retain a distinctive sense of process and impulse. Through Hart's methodical destruction and rebuilding of materials, the cut collages presented in "KISS IDIOMS" appear as edited, autobiographical assemblages, while Hart's large-scale paintings relay a more primal, latent psychology. Through both techniques, Hart poetically explores the cyclical, nuanced complexity of being, as well as the relationship between chance and kismet.

Originally from New Hampshire, Joseph Hart is a New York-based artist. His work has been exhibited at Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle in Paris, Galleri Tom Christofferson in Copenhagen, Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto, Alexander & Bonin, CRG Gallery, Klaus Von Nichtssangend Gallery, David Krut and Halsey Mckay Gallery in New York, among others. Hart’s work has also been included in notable shows at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (NY), Santa Monica Museum of Art (CA), and The Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts (NY). His work has been featured in periodicals such as FlashArt, Modern Painters, and The New York Times. He is currently a resident artist at the Dieu Donné Workspace Program, in New York. Hart holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.