NOVEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 22, 2018
RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018 6-8 PM
(Los Angeles, CA) - DENK gallery is pleased to present new works by Los Angeles-based artist Donnie Molls in Untitled. A Southern California native, Molls' labor-intensive practice combines photo-based chemical processes with painting. Merging fine art materials with industrial and automotive ones, Molls engages the Californian art histories of both Finish Fetish and Light and Space while investigating the legacies of Americana and its origins in consumer culture.
Molls, a self-taught artist, has developed a mixed-media technique using one of the oldest chemical photo developing processes available. Washing silver gelatin bromide onto panel and canvas to develop negatives directly onto their surfaces, Molls then uses oils and automotive paints to work into the pictorial field, creating different surface qualities. His works are primarily based on his own site photography and tend to emphasize desolate, decaying, or ordinary places, finding the unexpected poignancy in their less obvious recesses. Past subjects have included the desert, urban wrecking yards and parking lots, tire piles, vintage cars, and modernist architectures.
Untitled will include a new body of sculptural work alongside new paintings. Molls' sculptures are mirror polished aluminum casts of ordinary objects and include a series of dilapidated found car tires and a Boombox from the 80s. These unremarkable specimens of American consumer culture, found in varying states of time-worn disrepair, are transformed by the artist, elevated through the divestment of their utility and decontextualized through their sculptural loss of function. The objects become rarified casts of discarded originals, life-size facsimiles self-consciously memorializing the nostalgia that inspired the gesture of their own fossilization. The accompanying paintings explore the graphics from dated advertisements for the same manufactured products cast in aluminum, taking the two-dimensional format of commercial print media and replicating it within the field of painting, just as the sculptures preserve the material legibility of their three-dimensional origins.
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ABOUT DONNIE MOLLS
Donnie Molls was born in Redwood City, CA and lives and works in the Hollywood Hills. A self-taught artist, he uses photography and painting to explore consumer culture in California. He has exhibited extensively in LA and has been featured in group exhibitions at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, CA, Lancaster Museum of Art, CA, Laguna Art Museum, CA, and the Riverside Art Museum, CA. He has participated in residencies at Kraus Australis, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands (2003/2007), and 7 Degrees, Laguna Beach, CA (2002), and his work appeared in the West Coast Edition of New American Paintings in 2006, (No.67).
ABOUT DENK GALLERY Founded in January of 2017, DENK is a recently established gallery in Downtown Los Angeles' thriving arts district. Its founding mission is to present a diverse program of local and international contemporary artists working across a variety of mediums, including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, works on paper, and interdisciplinary media. The gallery's goal is to curate engaging exhibitions by artists who are creating relevant, substantive, experimental, or timely work. By providing an adaptable venue that will allow artists to develop their concepts and have them realized, DENK hopes to foster a generative curatorial space.
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