Birch plywood, Brazilian cherry, screws
72" x 54" x 6"
Ice Folds, 2012
Oil on linen
10" x 12"
Sienna Jonquil 220/320 Grit, 2011
9" x 11"
February 26 – March 25, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 26, 5 – 7 p.m.
CB1 Gallery is pleased to present Cast. Reflect., featuring work by artists, Daniel Aksten, André Goeritz, Alexander Kroll, and Robin Szidak. Moving away from the need to recreate objects found in the environment to understand the environment, these art-makers seem to be re-ordering foundational truths, whether or not these truths are evident. The exhibition opens on February 26, 2012 and closes on March 25, 2012. A reception for the artists will be held at the gallery on Sunday, February 26, 2012, 5 - 7 p.m.
The work of the four artists in the exhibition, while working in different media, deals with the constant flux that is central to contemporary abstract art: ideas of the past--casting shadows onto the present. All are artists working in Los Angeles today--reflecting light back onto the past, creating a dialog between contemporary art and its historical forebears. Furthermore, in a literal sense, not unlike the attempt of art to reflect literal sense-making, the very objects presented in the show will inevitably cast shadows and reflected light onto each other.
Daniel Aksten’s recent work stresses the conceptual end of painting, as container of visual experience, true unto itself, and strives to enmesh the conceptual with the object itself. The sculpture and wall pieces of André Goeritz are embedded with a symbolic interaction between that which is, was, or ought to be its meaning. Alexander Kroll’s paintings deal with scale, painting history, intuition, systems, emotions, and painting as means of producing an object that can embody and contradict these issues. Employing a slight hand, Robin Szidak’s pieces simultaneously retain their familiar origin and are transformed; a playful juxtaposition of an inherent or perceived opposite in the material, outlines paradoxical relationships and creates a conceptual loop.