Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based painter Phillip Griswold. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, May 3, 5-7 PM.
For his first exhibition at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Phillip Griswold brings together a series of paintings that unhinge the divide between abstraction, geometry and figuration. Griswold treats his paintings as interventions that disrupt traditional perspective, spatial relationships and figurative associations. Using scenes from urban and suburban Los Angeles, the artist consciously deconstructs and reconstructs his subject matter. He selectively dislocates perspective lines and smudges representation, ultimately arriving in an unconventional space that teems with energy, and speaks equally to sense of place and deft handling of paint.
The artist transforms uninhabited street scenes, groups of pedestrians and simple interior settings into fractured planes and geometries. While Griswold creates an intentional dissonance as areas of the picture plane are pulled taut into lozenge-shaped forms, his lush movements of paint offer a soft counterbalance within his self-generated framework. Figurative elements that represent trees, sidewalks or patches of grass dissolve into carefully orchestrated passages of oil paint or a series of intersecting geometries that dominate the surface plane, which then yield back to three dimensional perspective.
"The linear constructions”, Griswold states, “originate in the lozenge shape, which has a peculiarly unique visual and art-historical resonance; while representational elements are taken from normative urban/sub-urban experience. These often include desolate streets, figurative groups, and an interplay between interior and exterior space..The interplay of these two visual structures creates a tension, which undulates between competition and harmony, moving towards resolution. This disassociation and recombination forms a new compositional whole, with a new visual resonance.”
Phillip Griswold received his MFA From Claremont Graduate University and lives and works in Los Angeles.