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Laura Korman Gallery Maureen McQuillan Untitled(DS-MHYL)

SPECTRUM a group show at Laura Korman Gallery open now and until October 29th in LA

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Image: A work by Maureen McQuillan (courtesy of the artist and Laura Korman Gallery)

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Laura Korman Gallery is pleased to exhibit artists Cara Barer, Heather Carisch, James Lecce, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Maureen McQuillan, Kristina Quinones, and Randall Stoltzfus in the group exhibition, SPECTRUM. The exhibition will be on view through October 29, 2016, with a public reception on Saturday, July 30th, from 5-8 p.m.

SPECTRUM brings together seven artists from across the country with vastly different practices, who are united by their intrepid handling of color as an evocative agent of expression.

In James Lecce’s psychedelic paintings, color and form fluidly intertwine in elegant, swirling compositions that simultaneously recall Art Nouveau patterning, Op Art, action painting, rock formations and pools of water. These works are a marriage of intuitive painting and methodical planning, achieved by pouring acrylic pigments one-by-one onto the canvas, building up multiple layers, some of which he manipulates with his brush, some of which he allows to move freely across the surface, creating a constant play between control and chance.

Maureen McQuillan adopts a similarly labor-intensive method – slowly and repetitively laying ink lines in layers of polychromatic acrylic. By manipulating these materials to fold and bend into ribbon-like spirals, the colorful optic patterns seem to suggest the infinitely small structures that underlie all living things. One can’t help but think of the double helix of DNA or a flower petal beneath a microscope when looking at McQuillan’s poetic images.

Artist Cara Barer channels the familiar iconography of mandalas and blooming flowers in her still life photographs. Barer dyes torn pages from discarded novels with vivid colors and meticulously arranges them into circular forms, which are then photographed and printed in large scale. By re-contextualizing these familiar objects, Barer transforms the ephemeral into the permanent, giving new life to those things that teeter on the edge of memory and nostalgia.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann’s Cauldron series also hinges on the spherical form, but hers are born from explosive layers of color that spiral outward, bursting forth from the surface. Trained in sumi ink painting, Tzu-Lan Mann combines traditional Chinese and Japanese ink painting techniques with Western abstraction to form her dynamic, polychromatic compositions, which deal with ideas of chaos, abundance, growth and decay.

Kristina Quinones’ captivating and ethereal paintings inhabit the space between control and uncertainty. Pouring paint in layer upon layer of translucent color, Quinones gradually gives up the urge for total control during her painterly process, allowing chance to play a hand. Embracing the organic movement of color across the surface, Quinones remarks that despite her best intentions, “each piece will choose its own path.”

Heather Carisch’s energetic works are meditations on the energy of color. Combining painting, lithography and macrophotography, Carisch produces layered, gestural compositions that are about capturing the essence of nature, rather than mimicking it. By using macrophotography, which emphasizes the patterns and textures not normally visible to the naked eye, Carisch reveals an unseen world full of sweeping strokes of energetic color. These compositions obliterate the representational image to allow the viewer access to a more essential plane of understanding.

Oscillating between abstraction and representation, Randall Stoltzfus uses the circle as a basis for his practice. Conjuring up visions of Seurat’s neo-Impressionist Pointillist paintings and Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Stoltzfus intricately builds layers of multicolored circular patterns with oil, adding carefully selected pigments and gold leaf to produce images that seem to glow from within. These abstract landscapes at once reference the macro and the micro, as Stoltzfus breaks up the picture plane into a myriad of mesmerizing forms that taken from afar form a single cohesive image.

Each of the artists featured in SPECTRUM imaginatively use color as a means to examine and interpret the human experience, while challenging the traditional modes of art making with an array of inventive techniques.

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