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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Time Being Thrown In

Moshe' Elimelech
Geometric Geographics
Jan 7-Feb 11, 2012
990 N. Hill #205
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Moshe'  Elimelech's current watercolor series at L2Kontemporary in Chinatown represent individual cross sections of time and energy.  Each watercolor's vertical format consists of bands of subtle color that can be deciphered as ephemeral moments of the artist's creative thoughts.  The energy of his creative thoughts flickers along in chips of color.  The combination of all the formal components-the lines that draw everything together, can be read and played musically.

The timely absorption and saturation of the watercolor documents Elimelech's concern for the importance of craftsmanship and its contribution to the creation of each artwork.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Moshe' Elimelech

L2 Kontemporary
990 N. Hill St #205
Los Angeles, CA 90021
opening : Jan 7, 2012
review to follow

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lisa Adams-Paradise Notwithstanding

Paradise Notwithstanding 2011

CB1 Gallery
207 W. 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
December 11, 2011-January 15, 2012

Bellwether Species

by Sandra Vista

Lisa Adams current paintings of her personal paradise are like a bullet proof vest.  There are signs of protection in the beauty of flora, fauna, and fluffy clouds.  There is serenity in flat areas of color.  But as the title, Paradise Notwithstanding, suggests we have to be prepared for the inevitable.  The individual worlds in each painting are devoid of shadows even though there are objects being illuminated.  Shadows serve as locators and indicators of objects and things.  Without them the artist is not constrained by time or place.  As Adams stated in her artist's statement for the exhibition: "My paradise is broke, melancholic, maybe, but beautiful nevertheless. It's a place that makes me feel comfortable."

The titles of the paintings are clues for Adams' interpretation of her paradise.  By definition, a "generic" paradise consists of a landscape filled with orchards of flowers, exotic birds, and various species of animals communing under the shade of amorous trees.  Adams' paintings limit the imageries to solitary figures such as solemn bird portraits or pairs of objects, as seen in the thistle blooming flowers in Paradise Notwithstanding and the vandalized cottonwood trees in Made in the USA.  These images appear portentous in terms of ecology and the future of our planet. The Bellwether Exchange characterizes a warning to preserve plots of land.  The land is exalted and the grasses partially protected by a dome reminiscent of a "bio-dome" and hot house.

Adams' paintings are "melancholic" and they also continue to engage in abstraction with monochromatic colors and patterns.  The montage style of the paintings stresses Adams' cerebral process of creating the work.  Each color, object, texture are methodically retrieved and placed.  What is inside Adams' head is projected on the canvases.

Made in the USA

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