LOS ANGELES (Apr 24th, 2019)–Brannan Mason Gallery is proud to announce ALTUM, the first Los Angeles solo exhibition by Bay Area artist Micah Crandall-Bear.
ALTUM features new acrylic paintings by Crandall-Bear rendered in soft delineations of sky, earth and sea. Fundamentally abstract, the paintings layer gauzy sections of muted color. They imply impressionistic shifts in light at dusk or dawn and allow the viewer to peer into thoughtful and contemplative spaces. Crandall-Bear uses a 'wet-on-wet' technique, pulling on several coats of wet acrylic paint with a squeegee followed by buffing and blending. The process leaves no visible brushstrokes, creating seamless gradients of color. Inspired by time spent in nature, the Pacific Northwest, and California, the paintings have a locality to them, conjuring specific places and moments. The paintings have great compositional restraint and recent works have more subtle coloration than ever. Crandall-Bear's paintings are dreamy, atmospheric, inquisitive, and can act as a welcome respite.
Altum is Latin for sublime, deep water, or tide. For this exhibition Brannan Mason Gallery and Micah Crandall-Bear have partnered with Save The Waves. Save The Waves is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting coastal surf ecosystems through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action. 10% of proceeds from this exhibition will benefit Save The Waves’ work with coastal ecosystems.
Micah Crandall-Bear (b. 1980) has shown extensively internationally as well as in the United States. Crandall-Bear has appeared in exhibitions in Paris, France and Basel, Switzerland. His work is in important private and public collections including the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; the Resnick Foundation in Los Angeles, CA; as well as Facebook, Visa, and Intel. His work has been featured in ArtSlant, Art Maze Mag, American Art Collector Magazine, and Forbes among others. He has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, CA and a presentation at Art Jakarta with D Gallerie in Jakarta, Indonesia later this year. Born and raised in Sacramento, he now lives and works in the Bay Area. ALTUM is the artist's first Los Angeles solo exhibition.
In the adjacent gallery, S. Sandifer’s Design Objects program will be on view with an evolving selection of one-of-a-kind furniture and objects that translate the warmth and wit of Sandifer’s aesthetic and design philosophy. J. Sakiya Sandifer, also known as S. Sandifer, has made a name for himself in design, art direction, concept development, writing, publishing, and songwriting. As the Creative Director and Curator for the gallery’s Design Objects program, Sandifer has also designed the gallery’s bar and private parlor that features custom designed furniture throughout.
Brannan Mason Gallery (BMG) is a new contemporary art gallery dedicated to social impact. Located in a 4,500 square foot commercial space in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, the gallery is destination to experience thought-provoking art, support artists and important causes, and build community.
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