Coagula Curatorial is pleased to present CONJURATIONS: Varieties of Abstract Experience, curated by Leah Shane Dixon. This exhibit is the 7th edition of the gallery's "New Curator Series. CONJURATIONS is a selection of Southern California based abstraction and features work by: Shahidd Jaleel Al-Askari, Kate Carvellas, Leah Shane Dixon, Mark Dutcher, Simone Gad, Mark Steven Greenfield, Ginger Lai, Michael Maas, Jorge Mujica, Robert Soffian, Michael Stearns
Abstraction in visual art spans multiple fields of human inquiry and can be looked at as a visual-temporal-spiritual quest for the sublime. Abstraction processes can speak in their own self-defined language, or tap into existing patterns that have connections to the past or present. Some artists derive abstract work from geometry or intentional mapping of specific shapes and motifs, or pictographs of ambiguous meaning. Others might employ gestural happenstance, the exact course of the brush guided by the imperfect human hand, not unlike a casting of runes: the outcome dependent on the quantum wobble of fate. The artists presented in Conjurations are adventurers of the mind, reaching beyond the limitations of what exists and into the realms of what can be imagined, discovered, and generated anew. Through colors that suggest specific landscapes or moods, through shapes that recall known images, through lines that hint at written languages, through patterns that suggest natural forms, through motifs of musicality or synaesthesia, the pursuit of abstraction in the 21st century serves as a personal de-programming tool to be deployed as an antidote to the rhetorical traps, psychic poisons and existential challenges of our time.
The exhibit is on view for only four days, June 21 - 24, at Coagula Curatorial on historic Chung King Road, in Downtown Los Angeles' Chinatown district.