That Layered Look
Tufenkian Fine Arts is honored to present That Layered Look, a group exhibition curated by Peter Frank, featuring selected works by Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Fatemeh Burnes, Sigrid Burton, Andrée B. Carter, Laddie John Dill, Diane Holland, Gegam Kacherian, KuBO, Danny Shain, and Torie Zalben.
That Layered Look explained by Peter Frank:
Layering is a fundamental process in the making of art. But in some art the act of resting, nestling, or sandwiching one factor upon, within, or between others – visually and/or physically – drives the artwork’s conception and appearance. In such work layering functions as a key strategy within various quite disparate techniques employed by painters, sculptors, photographers, assemblagists, and all manner of artmakers.
A survey of layering among contemporary artists cannot be thorough. Too many artists layer as a matter of course, as a way of building an image or exploring a medium, for any such show even to pretend to such comprehensiveness. “That Layered Look” looks at a dozen Los Angeles-area artists whose work highlights the act and results of layering – and may otherwise have nothing to do with one another. Many media, and hybrids thereof, present themselves here – as they would in any LA-based sampling, given local artists’ proclivity for experimenting with and between materials and disciplines. The common thread among these uncommon works is the exploitation of layered elements, and the particular visual effects those elements yield. The layering can be illusory, it can consist of elements that do not touch one another, and it can marry different, even discordant shapes and substances, not to mention subject matters.
The layering evident in the work comprising “That Layered Look” ranges from the physical to the optical to the multi-mediumistic. Recessional space described in layers, as seen in Renaissance and Baroque painting, determines the canvases of Sigrid Burton and Fatemeh Burnes, while Charles Arnoldi inscribes relatively shallow spaces with masses of seemingly endless tendrils. Gegam Kacherian’s even more ambiguous spaces host a welter of shifting imagery, while Danny Shain oscillates between image and material, building outward from fictitious to real space. KuBO uses raw pigment to build up layers of texture and color, Andrée B. Carter weaves line and color literally as well as figuratively, and Laddie John Dill’s classic wallworks of burnished aluminum or concrete and glass articulate materials against one another. Sharon Bell’s map- and notation-like collages, Diane Holland’s collage-like image superpositions, and Torie Zalben’s eruptive photographic fusions all explore realms of densely layered visual experience. Finally, Alexander’s unlikely combinations of paint, three-dimensional construction, and holography propose a layering of the second, third, and fourth dimensions.
“The Layered Look” looks at the art of carefully poised and managed accretion – and at carefully poised and managed accretion as art.