Santa Monica, CA USA
Saturday, January 14, 2012–Saturday, February 25, 2012
Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present New Paintings by Robert Kingston. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, January 14, 4-6 PM.
Robert Kingston’s work draws viewers into a visual exploration where the story rests between innumerable layers of acrylic. The gestures, erasures, pigmented smudging, scraping and dripping on his canvases evidence Kingston's continued investigation into the possibilities of paint.
Kingston’s work is achieved through a trust of his process of getting lost in cerebral and material spaces before finding resolve. The artist slowly builds his paintings by developing and modifying ideas applied in previous layers. At times, the paint is controlled and then allowed to find gravity, and is then contained again, creating deep veils of acrylic. Within the canvases’ hazy spaces are thrusts of color along with fits and starts of lines, doodles and sketches that conjure an aggregate of ancient , scientific, organic, industrial hieroglyphs floating, untethered in a fleeting landscape.
Kingston’s breathy, atmospheric movements of paint collect and dissipate to form organic landscape impressions, yet remain firmly planted in the language of abstraction. His soulful works of art speak to a range of emotions, and open a window into the artist’s own inner space and influences. Shifting from placid to energetic, structured to improvised, sober to playful, Kingston’s paintings are a steady, engrossing read that gradually reveal their history and resolve.