Coagula Curatorial (Los Angeles) is pleased to present FUTURE GAZE – new works by Justin Bower and Randi Matushevitz. The exhibit runs March 30th thru May 4th at Coagula Curatorial, located at 974 Chung King Road, in the historic Chinatown district of downtown Los Angeles. The opening reception will take place Saturday, March 30th from 5 – 9 PM. The gallery is regularly open Thursday – Saturday, 1-6 PM and by appointment.
Are we wounded by technology or blissfully blessed to be assisted by the cybersphere? When we peer into that screen, the glowing godkiller, that Edensnake seducer, are we rewiring our brains or surrendering our culture? As we stare on and on, what becomes of our emotions and actions when thought alone is enough to sustain us? Is the material world temporary when we are interacting online? The Futuregaze will set us free or lock us up for eternity and two painters working in Southern California hold a mirror up to the evolution of souls transfigured, transformed and transmogrified in these days of a sputtering information war. And they are terrific painters too. New work by Justin Bower and Randi Matushevitz looks dystopically at the rendered face in 2019 in FUTUREGAZE at Coagula Curatorial.
About Justin Bower: Born in San Francisco, Bower earned a degree in Art and Philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1998 and a Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University in 2010. Since graduating from CGU, Bower’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Ace Gallery Beverly Hills (2010) and Unix Gallery in New York City (2013). The artist has won and been nominated for several grants and awards, among them The Feitelson Fellowship Grant (2010) and The Joan Mitchell award (2010). Bower uses paint as an instrument of dissection and inquiry. Flesh acts as a complex veneer, functioning as a biological boundary from externalized technologies; all the while the viewer realizes that the same externalized technologies are always already inside the subject. This ultimately creates an open system, an incomplete subject becoming and degrading, not knowing where the outside starts and the internal ends. The boundaries of the traditional subject are now leaking in Bower’s concept. With mobile devices semi-permamnently affixed to our hands, constantly in a dialogue of information with the world, how much of our autonomy and freedom will we give up as technology continues to permeate our daily existence? This is a question that perturbs Bower.
About Randi Matushevitz:
Randi Matushevitz is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. She received her BA from California State University Northridge, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Miami. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Caracas and Xalapa, Mexico. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Art and Cake, Diversions LA, and the Las Vegas Review Journal. Matushevitz' artwork reflects the fragility of human connectivity and the toll on the psyche that experience costs. Her recent portraits investigate uncertainty, and reflect the reactive mania or calm surrounding layers of wear and tear on the soul as reflected in a portrait of the residual psychic scarification that occurs just getting htrough each day, month, and year. LA Weekly writer Shana Dambrot observed that the paintings of Matushevitz have “grayer areas of psychological dimensions (which) lend themselves to shades of light and dark; her penumbrous palette tells a lot of the story, signaling the mood.” The images are messy and murky, set in atmospheres of exaggerated dark and light painted on canvas with a classical paint application of coats and glazes but with an expressionistic touch to match our anxious age.