Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present 4 Painters, an exhibition featuring work by four local artists, all of whom received their art educations from UCLA. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, June 13, 6-8 PM.
This exhibition features the work of four Los Angeles-based painters who each cultivate individualized modes of abstraction. The unifying thread among these artists is their reliance upon process-oriented and problem-solving approaches to painting. This collection of work shows paint subjected to a host of formal impulses, resolves and manipulations with vastly different outcomes and motivations.
Tony Beauvy strives for paintings that achieve a balance between resolute with ever-shifting space. The process of attaining that equilibrium involves layering and scraping away thin veils of paint that shift from matte to iridescent. The built up, highly worked paintings are at once rough and luminous, where delicate transparency mixes effortlessly with scrappy surfaces.
Heather Brown's paintings are rooted in the clean lines and geometry of mid-century architecture. She transforms the controlled aesthetic of modernism and minimalism with a patina of roughed-up surfaces that are layered with purposefully tweaked and jostled painterly geometries.
Elizabeth Medina approaches painting as a process of visually organizing ideas through a response to her materials and markings. She keeps the journey of her process transparent, relying heavily on the duties of paint, eschewing external references in favor of exploring gesture and material honesty.
Michael Morrison's work has autobiographic origins with paintings that make a clear reference to minimalism. While pattern, line and volume dictate the picture plane, his imagery and vigorous approach has metaphorical associations with place and memory.