Friday, May 9, 2014

MARK SHEINKMAN | NEW WORK : Opening Reception Sat. May 17, 5—8 PM

Von Lintel Gallery | Los Angeles

Mark Sheinkman, Pierrepont, 2014
oil, alkyd and graphite on linen
42 x 76 inches (106.7 x 193 cm
An abstract painter with roots in minimalist drawing, MarkSheinkman’s twenty-year-plus career depicts a core fascination with the essentials: line and space.
The grit of his works on paper from the 1990s - dense, mechanical grids and striations; the horizontals and verticals seemingly pressing and smearing against one another - eventually gave way to a more lyrical approach: still the same layering, depth and sculptural technique but now with an added levity; the gestural swirls capturing light in a way reminiscent of even earlier experimentations with flashlight drawings on photosensitive linen.
Sheinkman's work is purely abstract, the titles arbitrary or archival, referring to the date or street names of the city where the piece was produced. The process is consistent: oil mixed with alkyd applied on linen to create a smooth, white surface onto which powdered graphite is added with brushes and rags. Sheinkman then instinctively carves into the black with an eraser, exposing the white underneath. The action repeats; more graphite is deposited over the erasures, developing movement and history within the confines of a flat space. This is one of Sheinkma'’s hallmarks: blending line, texture and contrast to compose spatially complex and visually hypnotic work.
Sheinkman continues to draw upon the lexicon established by the New York School with his latest body of work; recalling the mark-makings of Cy Twombly and the action of Jackson Pollock; all generated with the simplest of materials, following that creativity thrives in the company of restriction.
Sheinkman was born in New York in 1963 and received a B.A. from Princeton University. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. He has exhibited regularly in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany.

Monday, May 5, 2014

'Lay of the Land' | Zócalo Public Square — review

Florian Maier-Aichen, La Brea Avenue in the Snow, 2011

Want to See La Brea Avenue Covered in Snow?

Images From 'Lay of the Land' at Von Lintel Gallery Put Improbable Views of L.A. on Display
La Brea Avenue covered in snow? That's just one unfamiliar—and improbable—view of Los Angeles on display at the Von Lintel Gallery in Culver City, along with an airplane flying nearly out of frame from an LAX motel window and a pair of blue jeans hanging from a lemon tree.

Florian Maier-Aichen’s La Brea Avenue in the Snow creates a scene that stops people in their tracks. They look back and forth from the manipulated photograph inspired by an historical photo to its title—trying to understand what they’re seeing, said Dana Sorman, the Von Lintel’s gallery director.

The gallery just relocated to Los Angeles this year and "Lay of the Land" is its first exhibition. The instinct to do a double take happens with much of the work on display, which aims to offer a variety of perspectives on both L.A. and the art of photography.

The manmade Bronson Caves in Griffith Park are featured in the photographs of Brice Bischoff. He set up long exposures and recorded his movements with reams of colored paper to create a blur of color—an homage to the scores of Hollywood films made in those caves over the last 100 years.
Other works take a more straightforward approach but still offer a rich perspective on the city. When she photographed mini-malls at dawn on Saturday and Sunday, Catherine Opie sought to avoid their usual buzz of activity. Rather, she allows the mini-mall's shop and restaurant signs to tell us about the neighborhood.

In photos taken from the windows of motels near LAX, Zoe Crosher explores the airport as what she calls a “non-center”—a metaphor for a sprawling city.

L.A. may lack a center but it does have a burgeoning art scene. The energy and growing community of artists here prompted the Von Lintel Gallery to move west after 15 years in New York City.

Sorman explained that the gallery's founder, Thomas Von Lintel, toured the city and considered Santa Monica's Bergamot Station, Hollywood, and downtown—before finding the perfect 4,000-square-foot space right next door to Blum & Poe gallery in Culver City.

"It used to be that you had to move to New York City to begin your career as an artist," said Sorman. "Now L.A. is where people are looking for what's next."

The Von Lintel Gallery’s "Lay of the Land" exhibition closes on May 10.

Read original review @ Zócalo Public Square