Minimalist Figuration - Now Representing Adriana Oliver!

Joanne Artman Gallery
Mar 18, 2018 9:17PM

Young Barcelona-born and LA-based artist Adriana Oliver (b. 1990) is making waves in LA’s contemporary art scene with works that break the Pop Art mold. JoAnne Artman Gallery is proud to announce Oliver’s addition to the gallery’s roster, with works currently at JoAnne Artman’s Laguna Beach location. Oliver’s imagery stands out with her minimalist approach to figuration. The works contain references and symbology that feel both personal and important, while showcasing a bold color palette with a beguiling use of color relationships.

Adriana Oliver
Passeig de Gràcia
Joanne Artman Gallery

Oliver’s work is more than just insanely instagrammable. With a sharp eye for shape and form, Oliver transforms familiar shapes into neutral forms open to interpretation. In Passeig de Gracia, Oliver presents a wood cut out of a female portrait made from a few basic shapes. The entire image is incredibly simplified - the hair is just one shape with a few strategically placed highlights - yet the effect is striking, conveying much more information to the viewer. The reductive palette, the cut out shape of the panel, as well as the simplified linework all echo the visual cues of street art stickers and the iconic patches synonymous with punk subculture. Artpractical posted a great article on postmodernism and the ways in which bricolage is a key concept in the development of modernism as well as in the DIY mentality of punk culture. Author Yi Shan Tan talks about how what we know as “punk” is actually a bricolage or combination of various cultures and styles, assembled in a way that reflects their ideologies. Oliver too is assembling her own lexicon of art historical themes, utilizing key concepts from various periods and genres to create her own unique set of visual vocabulary.

Adriana Oliver
Thinking of You
Joanne Artman Gallery

In Thinking of You, a moodier, darker tone is set through a minimalist figurative aesthetic featuring Oliver’s signature “cutout” style figure-the iconic suit and tie combination referencing classic masculinity. In Oliver’s work, it is clear she is interested in the intersections of the visual and literary art, inspired by artists such as the punk poet laureate Patti Smith, who also has a fine art practice. Susan Sontag and Andy Warhol are two other favorites. Her early study of photography is evident in her framing of the picture plane, and liberal use of flat shapes and negative space. In her use of hue, intensity and value, the works attain depth and resonance, striking a perfect balance between message and form.

Adriana Oliver is represented at JoAnne Artman Gallery New York  ||  Laguna Beach

511 A West 22nd St, New York NY 10011  ||  326 North Coast HWY, Laguna Beach CA 92651

www.joanneartmangallery.com  ||  949-510-5481

Joanne Artman Gallery