Monday, February 27, 2012

Cultural Illusions
New Exhibit TAG Gallery
February 28 - March 24, 2012
Katie Crown, Ernie Marjoram, Juan Rosenfeldt

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 2012 5-8 PM
Artist Panel: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 3 pm

Figuratively Speaking, Katie Crown

Mixing humour and noir, Katie Crown’s figurative paintings darken the sunny, saturated sea-sides of Southern California. Both her oil paintings and ceramic sculptures are characterized by a play on geometric patterns and the pathos of the human condition. Her pieces might seem the California love child of Mondrian and Alice Neel, capturing an isolated, voyeuristic beach culture, culminating in a Dis-United States of America. Crown navigates the familiar beaches of Southern California where fun in the sun actually reveals a complex and dark and entertaining social dance.

Guilty Pleasures, Ernie Marjoram

In Ernie Marjoram’s latest show, Guilty Pleasures at TAG Gallery, the Los Angeles based oil painter monumentalizes our soothing psychological yet "not-so-healthy" dishes, and examines the moment just before we bite. We zoom in on the foods we take for granted, and discover their personas, temperaments and tastes through the thick impastos of pasta, pot roasts, and yes, even cheeseburgers. We enter the landscape of our own anxieties, taking stock of the thick, fun and exuberant dishes that give us comfort in our times of emotional malaise.

Elements of Change, Juan Rosenfeldt

As if dioramas from the story of Coelho’s Alchemist, the works of Juan Rosenfeldt transform found objects of earthly time into contained experiences of eternal aesthetic contemplation. In the Elements of Change at TAG Gallery, the Venezuelan-born Rosenfeldt creates a visual correlation to Borges’ Magical Realism suffused with the surrealism of Meret Oppenheim, and Joseph Cornell. In examining the delicate balances of computer parts, butterflies, stamps and string, we discover the fragile nature of our existence and the sheer wonder of it’s fruition.

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