Sunday, November 7, 2010

Action (un)Packed - Group Show 11/13/10


Josh Dildine, A Departure from the Unexpected, acrylic and oil in canvas, 60 in by 66 in, 2010.

Action (un)Packed: Abstraction After Action*
*(Or Where’s My CIA Handout Now?)

Kent Familton, Pink Popper, oil and acrylic on canvas, 9 in by 14 in, 2010.

 November 13th, 2010. 5-7pm.
2226 Whitter, Los Angeles Ca, 90023.

Steve Hampton, Business As Usual, oil and spray paint on canvas, 30 in by 24 in, 2010.

Press Release:
The inaugural exhibition of Commonspace brings together a number of emerging American painters engaged in investigating the inheritance of Action Painting at the opening of the twenty-first century. This packed salon style exhibition attempts to trace new strategies of speed, viscosity, virtuosity, geometricism, color vibration and mixed vocabularies of every kind that fall beyond the stratagems of neo-modernism and postmodernism. Action (un)Packed showcases painting practices that aren’t afraid of complexity or abjection, beauty or the ridiculous, but that actively demonstrate a dynamic negotiation between disparate regimes of pictorial signification. The defining question of this survey is whether or not we are qualitatively after Action painting or whether living in a hyperbolic economy of accelerated effects hasn’t engendered a certain degree of generosity toward the affect of Action painting once again – and if so, what defines its conditions of possibility today?

Artists in the exhibition include: Nick Aguayo, Joshua Dildine, Kent Familton, Richard Galling, Steve Hampton, David Michael Lee, Ryan Peter Miller, Marcus Perez, Grant Vetter, and Steve Walters.

Richard Galling, 10-07-02, oil and alkyd on canvas, 36 in by 24 in, 2010.

*Please see, which many of the artists in this exhibition were asked to respond to.

Grant Vetter, Untitled, oil on canvass, 16 in by 24 in, 2010.

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