Monday, February 4, 2013

Torrance Art Museum: Paradox Maintenance

Torrance Art Museum, Paradox Maintenance Technicians
The Torrance Art Museum will be exhibiting Paradox Maintenance Technicians until March 9, 2013.

The TAM's annual survey of contemporary painting from Los Angeles (and beyond) is now on exhibit. This year, we're calling it Paradox Maintenance Technicians. Yes, there are a whole lot of abstract works on display. ;-)

We have twenty-six paintings on view. It's hard to lump them together into a tidy thesis statement, but we wouldn't be too far off track to say that these works are expressions of the aesthetic conflict which a painter faces in transforming a noumenal inspiration into a manifest phenomenal communication. The vague idea takes shape through the craft of painting into an artistic statement.

It is an interesting concept, which is examined with great variety and distinction by the works collected into this exhibition.

Esmeralda Montes, Formation of Crag, Paradox Maintenance Technicians, Torrance Art Museum
View from the back of Gallery One, featuring Esmeralda Montes' The Formation of Crag

Artists included in Paradox Maintenance Technicians are:

Kent Familton

Paradox Maintenance Technicians, Trine Wejp-Olsen, Sarah Awad, Summer Wheat, Torrance Art Museum
Works by Trine Wejp-Olsen, Sarah Awad, and Summer Wheat

Marcus Perez

That's a good survey sample by my reckoning. ;-)

Paradox Maintenance Technicians, Juan Carlos Quintana, Marcus Perez, Nicholas Aguayo, Laura Krifka, David Leapman, Torrance Art Museum
Gallery view of work along the inner wall facing the rear

So, come on over to the TAM to check out Paradox Maintenance Technicians and experience the paradox for yourself.

Moreover, we'll be having a panel discussion about the state of contemporary painting in Los Angeles this upcoming Saturday, February 9th, from 3 to 5 pm. The scheduled panelists are Kevin Appel, Catlin Moore, Max Presneill, Christopher Pate, and Grant Vetter.

There will be much to discuss.

Paradox Maintenance Technicians, Tyler Vlahovich, Helen Garber, Christopher Kuhn, Torrance Art Museum
Works by Tyler Vlahovich, Helen Garber, and Christopher Kuhn

Remember, this exhibit runs until March 9, 2013. Don't delay!!!

We're looking forward to seeing you at the TAM.

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