April 21, 2012

RUSH: Greg Allen-Muller, Daniel DeSure, Marc Horowitz, Lisa Solberg at Carmichael Gallery

Greg Allen-Müller, Daniel DeSure, Marc Horowitz, Lisa Solberg

April 21 – May 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21, 6-9pm

Carmichael Gallery is pleased to present RUSH, a group exhibition featuring works by Los Angeles-based artists Daniel DeSure, Marc Horowitz and Lisa Solberg and Brooklyn-based artist Greg Allen-Müller. The exhibition will be on view from April 21 to May 19, 2012, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 21, from 6-9pm.

A rush of raw energy infuses the brushstrokes Lisa Solberg applies to canvas. Not only do her paintings transcend continuality, they engage the moment and express both motion and emotion with a tremendous passion and inspired pertinacity. Drawing from a pool of inspiration that counts Cy Twombly, Andrej Pejic and “anyone who surrounds me at any given moment, whether in a positive or negative capacity,” Solberg is not only forging a vibrant path between abstraction and figuration, she is endowing 21st century painting with a powerful new voice.

Of her most recent work, she explains, “I experimented with my ability to work on a smaller canvas – to limit my brushstrokes and movement, but still have an illusion of the movement carrying itself off the canvas. With the larger works, which are my typical scale, I worked to synthesize more minute movements using a smaller brush with larger expressive and expansive ones. I think the difference with these works is a maturity of stroke, of learning to paint more like an orchestra where I have the freedom to combine more punk- like rapid movement and slow, patient, delayed ones. I'm basically reserving my intensity and using it in spurts, instead of blowing up a piece all at once.”

Such explosions of color and contrast are thurst into the third dimension in the work of Greg Allen-Müller. All manner of texture and tone burst from the white aluminum frames that, while rendered impractical in the conventional sense, assist in the composition and conceptual focus of Leaks in Logic, the artist's most recent series of genre-bending sculptures. “To me, human beings are always trying to force their will on things,” he says of these works, which direct the viewer's attention to the conflict between man's attempt to control nature and nature's inevitable rebellion, “but I think it's flawed, and that's where the leak sort of starts to happen.”

“My most significant influence is my ability to daydream,” Allen-Müller comments, citing Brancusi, Duchamp and Pollock as some of the artists to impact his early creative conscience. The imprint of the former is most evident in his earlier series of vinyl boxes, which reveal a fascination with the inseparable nature of an object and the space around it. While the vinyl has been abandoned in the Leaks in Logic, Allen-Müller's heightened awareness of spatial awareness and framework remains, with subtle, layered references paid to the more traditional subject matters of still life, the nude and landscape painting.

Allen-Müller's skillful shifts between subject matter and medium find a parallel in the work of Marc Horowitz, an interdisciplinary artist who traverses photography, performance, video, installation and more to speak to reflect, parody and critique American idealism, expansionism and capitalism.

While Horowitz's newest works "encompass my relationship to both the art world and the entertainment world, and play with the expectations that arise from each," he credits the following as the "influential folks (in no specific order)" and pop cultural reference points that brought him to where he is today:

· my grandfather – for his infinite creativity, walks through the junkyard and the time he   sneezed snot all over someone's jacket at the Sea World Shamu show.
· Richard Barnes – for pushing me in painting while I was on a one track into the business world.

· Skip Cantwell – not only was this guy an ex-special forces Vietnam Sergeant, but a wonderful painting instructor at Foothill Jr. College in the SF Bay Area. Secured me a ride to the SF Art Institute. Moved out of my house where my roommate was an OCD kitchen tile salesman and into a cookie factory. He changed the course of my life drastically.
· Harrell Fletcher – for opening my eyes to a whole new way of seeing art the world.
· Peter Baldes – awesome friend, super talented.
· Richard Wentworth – short visits, but enjoyed every minute with him.
· George Saunders – thanks for your writing!
· Duane Hanson – you were secretly a funny dude.
· Andy Kaufman – great work.
· Roman Signar
· Allan Kaprow
· Jason Rhoades
· John Baldessari
· Peter Land
· TV Commercials
· Spies Like Us – Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase.
· Gore / Sci-Fi (David Cronenberg, George Romero, Battlestar Galatica, George Lucas, Close Encounters)
· I gotta say I enjoyed the pace and onslaught of action in the recent Wrath of the Titans
· Big Trouble in Little China
· Looking at www.weirdudenergy.blogspot.com right now – hilarious!

Fellow Angeleno Daniel DeSure shares Horowitz's interest in exploring, crossing and breaking down multiple artistic mediums. No matter how minimally composed or dramatatically produced the individual work, his calm, confident approach to artmaking is evident, assisting him in creating immersive instllations that are both aesthetically pleasing and intellectually stimulating to the viewer.

DeSure's newest work continues his contemplations on the inevitability of destruction and the transference of the human being's energies from worry, fear and pain to a keener sense of being in the moment. After all, explains DeSure, whether in art or life, it's all about "the breakdown...it's all an experiment."

Carmichael Gallery
5795 Washington Blvd,
Culver City CA 90232
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