(Los Angeles) Edward Cella Art & Architecture is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings by Patti Oleon. This is the Oakland-based artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and includes five new meticulously rendered oil paintings depicting interiors.
Upon receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, Oleon traveled to Budapest, Prague, Venice, Berlin and Istanbul to photograph grand spaces rich in history, and devoid of human presence, such as theaters and museums. Working from multiple views of the same location, Oleon then re-constructs these places using Photoshop to alter light, transparency, color and focus. She then brings these composite images to the studio where she precisely translates the image in oil, counting Flemish painters and Germanic medieval works among her technical influences.
Viewers are presented with environments that are rendered with startling realism, but are in truth heavily manipulated. Oleon states: “It is comfortable, soothing to know things are solid, that everyone experiences the same. But there is a sense of something subtly disturbing, either the light seems to be not quite right (perhaps it is too much the same on each side – as the light is identical when the image is mirrored), etc. and this could not exist in reality.” The architectural and natural facts give-way to a fractured reality with disorienting impossibilities, prompting the viewer to question how reality is perceived.
ABOUT PATTI OLEON:
Patti Oleon received her BA in Fine Arts and MFA in Painting from the University of California, Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Modernism, Inc. Gallery, San Fransisco, CA; Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX; Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA; George Lawson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Group exhibitions include Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA; Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and a Fulbright Fellowship, among others.
ABOUT EDWARD CELLA ART & ARCHITECTURE
Edward Cella Art & Architecture was first established by Edward Cella in 2006 to serve as an exploration into the intersection of Art & Architecture. As an art and architectural historian and collector, the gallery began exhibiting photography, painting, sculpture, performance art, architectural drawings, models, and design objects. Focusing on both conceptual and material based practices, the gallery has continued to support and represent established artists and artist estates, as well as mid-career and emerging artists, architects, and designers. In 2007 the gallery presented its first major group exhibition featuring artists such as Billy Al Bengston, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, and Robert Motherwell. In 2009, the gallery presented unique drawings and objects in an exhibition of the 20th Century’s most iconic architects: Frank Gehry, Richard Neutra, Lebbeus Woods, and Frank Lloyd Wright. In 2015 the gallery moved from its location on Wilshire Boulevard across from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to 2754 S. La Cienega Boulevard in the Culver City Arts District in a building designed by Rachel Allen Architecture with graphics by Still Room. In 2016, the gallery presented Richard Prince: The Douglas Turnbaugh Collection and solo exhibitions for Jun Kaneko and Jeffrey Vallance with accompanied publications.