Charles Garabedian at L.A. LOUVER

Haley Rose Cohen
Apr 10, 2013 7:18PM

The grandfather of Bad Painting is back and we love him more than ever for it. Negotiating the mediums of painting and drawing, Charles Garabedian has explored contemporary themes through classical motifs for the last five decades. Not unsurprisingly, symbolism plays a large role in his show which opens tomorrow at L.A. Louver in Venice, featuring new works by the artist’s signature hand.

As with all of the works, which give us just enough information to draw connections, some of Garabedian’s works on paper—reminiscent of traditional Japanese hanging scrolls—are no different. We are faced with the puzzle of disjunctive narratives, as in Mind Escape, where the artist presents us with a flattened profile in motion, pictured head up, chest out.

There is only so much we can do in the palm of our hand, but in our minds, we can do it all. Garabedian’s women remind us to forge on, get with it, and take one step at a time.

On view through May 11th

Haley Rose Cohen
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