Israel Lund at Roberts & Tilton

Haley Rose Cohen
Apr 12, 2013 10:31PM

Rob e rt s&T ilt on—don’t worry, they meant to write it that way.

Let the spaced out, mixed up title of Israel Lund’s new exhibition at Roberts & Tilton be a precursor to prepare you for a visit to the gallery. You’ll find some works hung closely together, others spaced significantly far apart, and overall, find yourself challenging the context in which the paintings are shown—just as Lund intended.

While Lund subverts the concept of a traditional painting show, he also toys with ideas of classic printmaking techniques. His layered process begins by silkscreening onto raw canvas, resulting in a single black and white painting. After he photographs the painting with his iPhone, he converts it to a PDF, and then enlarges through Photoshop. Once the image is printed, Lund burns it onto a screen which he then silkscreens back onto the raw canvas. The result is a textured, conceptual work that the gallery likens to the dots of Lichtenstein, the shadow paintings of Warhol, and the luminosity of Richter—and they couldn’t be more spot on. Contemporarily, I also see dialogue with his Angeleno peers exploring conceptual imaging and technology such as Andrea Longacre-White and Nathan Hylden. But really, you should see for yourself at the opening tomorrow night and let me know later.

On view at Roberts & Tilton through May 25th, 2013.

Haley Rose Cohen