An ongoing dialogue present in previous issues of Installation has centered around the influence of the environment on an artist’s practice.  In Desaturated Rainbow a traveling exhibition of six New York and six Los Angeles artists, curators Amir H. Fallah and Colette Robbins explore the color palette used by artists from coast to coast.  Perhaps it’s the climate or the cultural history embedded in the fibers of Los Angeles and New York, but the exhibition points to a similar trend that we have encountered in the past.  New York artists use a limited color palette whereas their West Coast counterparts engage with a more colorful spectrum.  The Los Angeles artists featured in Desaturated Rainbow are Alison Blickle, Wendell Galdstone, Sherin Guirguis, Amir H. Fallah, Dani Tull, Feodor Voronov, in addition to NYC based artists Justin Amrhein, Micah Ganske, Norm Paris, Colette Robbins, Michael Schall, and Heeseop Yoon.  Desaturated Rainbow opens July 20 at Kopeikin Gallery and is on view through August 24.

Heeseop Yoon, Sherin Guirguis, and Feodor Voronov

Heeseop Yoon, Sherin Guirguis, and Feodor Voronov’s drawings amass layers and layers of small lines and elements to create a contained but extremely ornate composite space. Because of the contrasting palettes between Yoon’s black and white tape drawing installations and Guirguis’ and Voronov’s colorful drawings, one can view how much a vivid palette or limited palette can cause such different emotional impacts on a viewer.

 

Heeseop Yoon, Still life #12, 1/4'' Black Masking tape on Mylar, Dimension Vary(23’ x 48’), 2012
Heeseop Yoon, Still life #12, 1/4” Black Masking tape on Mylar, Dimension Vary(23’ x 48’), 2012

 

Sherin Guirguis, Untitled, Mixed Media, 37” x 15”, 2013
Sherin Guirguis, Untitled, Mixed Media, 37” x 15”, 2013

 

Feodor Voronov, Estrange, acrylic, marker and ballpoint pen on canvas, 31” x 29”, 2012
Feodor Voronov, Estrange, acrylic, marker and ballpoint pen on canvas, 31” x 29”, 2012

 

Justin Amrhein and Micah Ganske

Justin Amrhein and Micah Ganske both make system based works that reflect the future and manifest an interest in engineering and science. Amrhein’s synthetic trees and Ganske’s fictional space elevator show alternate futures where technology can augment nature.

Dani Tull and Michael Schall

Dani Tull and Michael Schall works play with elliptical shapes and intricate textures. Both artists have a type of controlled chaos present in their works. In Schall’s graphite drawings, there is a cloud of dust that is being contained by a tarp and in Tull’s sculptures there are holes that appear throughout the spider web patterning on his sculptures.

Dani Tull, Untitled (Convergence), carved acrylic plastic, encaustic wax,   inlaid enamel, oil paint, glass beads, aqua resin, 22” x 26”, 2013
Dani Tull, Untitled (Convergence), carved acrylic plastic, encaustic wax,
inlaid enamel, oil paint, glass beads, aqua resin, 22” x 26”, 2013

 

 Michael Schall, Jar, graphite on paper, 30” x 40”, 2011 *
Michael Schall, Jar, graphite on paper, 30” x 40”, 2011 *

Alison Blickle, Amir, H. Fallah, Wendell GladstoneNorm Paris and Colette Robbins

Alison Blickle, Amir, H. Fallah, Wendell Gladstone, Norm Paris and Colette Robbins all have figuration present in their works. Gladstone’s and Fallah’s works look like either a fantastic ritualistic act is about to happen or has just occurred. Blickle, Paris, and Robbins are fusing figures with some sort of history. Blickle’s painting is from her series of failed Hollywood starlets. Paris and Robbins both create works that look like they have been unearthed from a fictional archeological expedition.

 

Alison Blickle, Black Forest Portrait, oil on canvas, 24” x 18”, 2013
Alison Blickle, Black Forest Portrait, oil on canvas, 24” x 18”, 2013

 

Amir H. Fallah, The Ring Of Fire, acrylic and colored pencil on paper mounted to canvas, 24" in diameter, 2013
Amir H. Fallah, The Ring Of Fire, acrylic and colored pencil on paper mounted to canvas, 24″ in diameter, 2013

 

Wendell Gladstone, You, Me, Him, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”, 2013
Wendell Gladstone, You, Me, Him, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”, 2013

 

Norm Paris, Geode (Arnold), Forton MG, metal powder, pigment, resin, glass, 9” x 4” x 5”, 2011
Norm Paris, Geode (Arnold), Forton MG, metal powder, pigment, resin, glass, 9” x 4” x 5”, 2011

 

Colette Robbins, The Fortress, graphite painting on paper, custom 3D printed frame, 6.5” diameter, 2013
Colette Robbins, The Fortress, graphite painting on paper, custom 3D printed frame, 6.5” diameter, 2013

Images courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery and Pierogi Gallery

To purchase contact Paul Kopeikin, info@kopeikingallery.com

 

Feature Image:  Wendell Gladstone, You, Me, Him, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”, 2013

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