Iva Gueorguieva, First Light, 2020. Acrylic and collage on muslin (janus). 120 by 124 inches.
In the time of covid, Quotidian and Klowden Mann present IN COLOR, an exhibition that invites viewers to embrace the art of slow looking through an immersive experience in color rich paintings, collage and sculptures. The exhibition will be on view at transformative arts HQ, located in the former Quotidian space at 410 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, from December 21st, 2020 through February 28th, 2021.
Always in the act of weaving together community through expressive and necessary visual language, IN COLOR offers a deeply satisfying moment connecting us to Joe Davidson, Mae Engron, Iva Gueorguieva, David Lloyd, Manuel Lopez and Rosalyn Myles. These artists--who we have shown and continue to work with--have diverse approaches to making, yet each arrives in a generous place of texture, form, and most importantly for the dialog between works, intense color palettes.
Mae Engron (1942-2007) inspired this gathering of some of our favorite artists. Her work lives at 410 S Spring Street since Quotidian began working with her estate in 2016. Engron's paintings suggest tapestries, African American quilting traditions and the unburdening of emotion through color and gesture. Francine Kelly, Quotidian founder and early supporter of Engron recalled that color was the most important aspect of her work. With a desire to engage her "love language" in a moment when it seems we need it most, we tapped into artists' works that investigate, employ and ultimately embrace color.
David Lloyd sees color as a challenge and a gift, both provided by his native Los Angeles. We love Lloyd's work because he adamantly calls himself a painter, evidencing a never-ending curiosity for materials that support that practice. These carved wood paintings are rich color fields made more provocative by their form.
Form, structures and systems are at the heart of Rosalyn Myles' latest works. Literally cut from the headlines, these masterful collages are equal parts rage and art work, saturated in the hues of the moment. Myles is a prolific maker and storyteller, and with these texts pinned to the wall, she reveals her origins in textile, connecting her in multiple ways to back to our muse.
Joe Davidson pushes the boundaries of how seductively color influences form in his latest body of plaster works. These self-referential sculptures are moniz's favorite articulation of Davidson's practice. Their minimalism invites interpretation, fantasy and some wonder. While he doesn't see himself as a narrative artist, these abstract sculptures seem infused with emotion--the intangible result of chemistry and feeling that drives our passion to become literate in its language(s).
For Manuel Lopez, visual language is at its most powerful and clear when it is reflecting the vitality of space and place. Lopez's detailed renderings of his East LA neighborhood are well known, and we are so happy to include his intimate watercolor and oil paintings in IN COLOR. He deftly immerses the landscape in meaning, perspective and the intersections of hue and form that become the doorway to indigenous and canonical histories of the pictorial.
Finally, we are proud to exhibit the work of Iva Gueorguieva, an artist we both admire, but have never had the opportunity to show until now. Her work represents the convergence of our galleries' missions, specifically our dedication to talking with and encouraging local artists. Gueorguieva's abstractions are pregnant with color and emotion, and through the complexity of her layered palette speak with urgency to the dislocation of our collective good. While she unpacks this dystopian moment, she offers--like all IN COLOR artists--something of herself as explanation and balm. For us, and we hope for you, to be awash in these works provides the necessary visual nourishment we need to persist.
IN COLOR opens digitally December 18, 2020 and in person by appointment December 21.
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David Lloyd, Untitled, 2017. Acrylic and encaustic on wood. 48 by 36 inches.