November 18 - January 14
Opening Reception: Third Friday, November 18, 6-9pm
The artists will be present.
Two California artists.
Two good friends.
One stark contrast.
The variation between the gestural action in Tom Lieber’s paintings and Woods Davy’s dreamy, smooth-stone sculptures could not be greater. Where Lieber slashes and smudges his paint with energetic abandon, creating surfaces reminiscent of historic action painters Franz Kline or Willem deKooning, Davy painstakingly works with stones from the ocean floor in a way that evokes the surfaces and balance of Brancusi sculptures in their organic beauty. Liebers’ paintings are about beauty and human experiences, as they strain toward the speed of everyday life. Davy’s sculptures are beauty.
Both artists search for another dimension in art; for Davy this is a Zen notion of one-ness with nature and a respect for natural material in an unaltered state. Lieber processes the acceleration of the world, technology, even traffic. The two are good friends, and this exhibition will be a beautiful contrast between their approaches and aesthetics.
Woods Davy works with stones collected from the sea or the earth and assembles them into fluid and precarious sculptural combinations that appear weightless. Davy's work is included in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA), the San Diego Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum of Art, Qatar Museums Authority, and many other museum and public collections. Davy lives and works in Venice, California.
Tom Lieber is an abstract painter whose work is powerfully emotive and explores spatial diversity and relationships between colors. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, Lieber’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, SFMoMA, the Tate Gallery London, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Stanford University Museum of Art, and the Oakland Museum of California, among others. Lieber lives and works between Kauai, Hawaii and Los Angeles, California.