Peter Blake Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Cole Sternberg (b. 1979), featuring the largest volume of Sternberg’s environmental paintings shown together to date.
Underwater, the glow of the sun is welcoming. As it fractures into rays and fades into the deep, the dreamy expectations be- come tempered. There is inherent conflict, as the danger lies above. Only as the horizon curves, unobstructed by the passers- by, do the water and air merge in confident display of their dominance.
Cole Sternberg’s paintings live in this realm of environmental known and unknown. In their process, the layered paintings are left exposed to an unencumbered environment. They face rain, wind and the harsh sun without shelter. The earth beneath textures each piece, perhaps as an attempt at camouflage. While they are weathered and partially erased by the environment, hand-ma- nipulated processes simultaneously create movements akin to brush strokes. The cycle continues as the paintings are dragged in the water behind vessels of all kinds and thrown back to the land for the process to begin again.
The industrial aggressiveness of a steel vessel is no match for the endless blue. Meanwhile, Sternberg’s paintings drag in the sea and flap in the wind.
In their finished form, the stretched paintings afford a glimpse into the process itself. The patterns of the environment emerge on the bare portions of unprimed linen, a nod to the earth’s capacity for erasure. The dramatic dominance of the environment is on display as the pure surface of raw linen peeks through the painterly—a reemergence of the organic.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Peter Blake Gallery will be hosting a book singing at the closing reception on Sunday, May 5th from 12:00 – 2:00pm.