Artists have long turned to art as a space to contemplate existence and the passage of time, perhaps nowhere more iconically than in ’s Persistence of Memory
. Contemporary artists continue this tradition in innumerable ways, creating compelling landscapes tied to a specific time of day, using materials like newspapers headlines to establish a time frame, or referring to time in an abstract way that is not necessarily evident to the viewer. At Los Angeles’ Artspace Warehouse
, four artists offer new works concerning time in “SCOPE - SILENCE - TIME
Recalling the ephemerality of life,
offer tranquil contemplations that allude to transience. Sandland paints delicate floating flowers that appear on top of resin-covered planks. Suspended in time and space, vibrant daisies and begonias appear at their peak before falling and wilting. In a related vein, German artist Helsen thins out acrylic paint so much so it resembles delicate swathes of watercolor to create an abstract, ethereal landscape within a bright white background, calling to mind the white light that supposedly precedes death.
capture specific moments in time through stylistic and material means. Raney employs a graphic style to capture recognizable cultural references like Marie Antoinette proclaiming “Let them eat cake” or Cary Grant acting in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest
. In her architectural series she paints typical mid-century modern homes to denote a specific era, and places them in idyllic orange sunsets to offer a sense of nostalgia. Placing his figures within sheet music or newspaper clippings,
builds a physical timeframe within his works. Using the text of news stories and the rhythm and timing of musical notes, he offers time-specific contexts, within which subjects like a tree or a woman walking along a telephone wire are frozen.