proudly presents “Shed Skin”,
a group show by three Los Angeles based artists: Julia
Schwartz, Steven Steinman and Kanchan Richardson.
show is inspired by Kanchan Richardson’s
New York performance, in which she placed a paint covered
boa constrictor in a box that she covered with her drawings
of cages representing her “self inflicted obsession
with captivity”. The snake’s movements left a
“skin” of scaly marks on the drawings, which eroded
the structures of the drawn cages. In Richardson’s sculptural
work, the snake becomes the visual vehicle manifesting thoughts
about the rhythm of energy being pent up and being released
in a sudden strike.
Steinman employs non- traditional drawing methods
like frottage, wipings and scratchings to transfer the surface
of his objects onto paper. These surfaces leave an imprint
much like a second skin. Disembodied from the objects, freed
from any organizing form or structure, Steinman’s “skins”
radiate light and an incorporeal sense of space.
Julia Schwartz’s work coil and release
are to be found in her process of painting, with which she
mines the subconscious. The marks on her canvas come together
and hold form briefly before they are submerged and integrated
into sensuous swirls of paint. Her paintings settle into a
state of becoming rather than being. Recompose and outburst
hold a viscous balance.
Steinman has an impressive national and international
exhibition record and his work is represented in many important
collections such as the Hammer Museum, San Diego Museum of
Art, and the National Gallery in DC. Julia Schwartz
has exhibited widely and as the Arts editor for Figure/Ground
Communication, she interviews visual and other artists about
their creative process. Richardson recently
graduated from Cooper Union and works in drawing, sculpture
show will run through April 18th. Gallery Hours are M/T/Th
12-4 and W 12-3, or by appointment.