Casterline|Goodman Gallery presents Pacific|Atlantic [PAL]: an exhibition showcasing the works of one of California's most celebrated artists, Ed Ruscha, along with one of New York's most recognized and widely exhibited artists of the same generation, Alex Katz.
Casterline|Goodman Gallery presents Pacific|Atlantic [PAL]: an exhibition showcasing the works of one of California’s most celebrated artists, Ed Ruscha, along with one of New York’s most recognized and widely-exhibited artists of the same generation, Alex Katz.
This exhibition will present California’s best in contemporary art counterbalanced with some of the East coast’s finest masterpieces. Ed Ruscha and Alex Katz, both of whom are renown for their distinctive styles, crafted their techniques in the late 50’s and early 60’s and are still feverishly working today.
Ruscha’s work can be described as a stylized representation of American pop culture combined with words and phrases that play with the image and its linguistic meaning. Ruscha works with unconventional mediums such as graphite, gunpowder, and pastel to create his renowned smoky and illusive effects. By giving his phrases a “physical voice” he created a deadpan humor that is now synonymous with his work.
Katz has always been known for his unique, naturalistic style that made him stand out amongst his contemporaries, who were following the trend of Abstract painting. Katz strongly believes in painting from life and has said that natural light is the only way to achieve a subject’s true color. His style has been described as “bold simplicity”, and the flatness of his objects and use of bright color earned him fame and the Pop artist title. He stayed committed to his own style and perfected his method over time.