From Heshka to Veca, sp[a]ce gallery assembles diverse artists to survey the current climate of mark making.
sp[a]ce gallery is thrilled to announce its fourth exhibition, "Unvarnished Truth," curated by Mark Todd and featuring artists Ryan Heshka, Celia Jacobs, Kozyndan, Poul Lange, Paige Moon, Martha Rich, Jeff Soto and Mark Dean Veca.
"Unvarnished Truth" focuses on a diverse collection of artists with incredibly different styles, mediums and subject matter, that all share one thing in common: they are strong storytellers. The exhibition highlights works that evoke larger narratives. “Images tell stories. They unfold and reveal themselves to us,” says Mark Todd’s curatorial statement. “We take imagery in, unpack it, organize it, and fill in the blanks and the fuzzy spaces. At the same time, we add our own thoughts, connecting them to our own memories, collaborating with the mark maker to create something that speaks to us.”
This show looks closely at the different choices these artists have made to create their narrative. Punches of color, or lack thereof, are thoughtful and confident. Fierce strokes, bits and globs or treated surfaces takes us on a journey. The works in this exhibition incorporate humor and straight talk. A lot of them are quiet stories. Such is the case with the works of Paige Moon; her obsessive imagery and attention to detail encourages your eyes to scan the stylized rooms and landscapes she has created for us, searching for narratives. Poul Lange’s collage pieces are simple and poetic, altered images from the past, reimagined and presented as new stories. The works of Celia Jacobs and Kozyndan are like frozen thoughts and Jeff Soto brings back memories and ghosts from the past, reminding us that they always surround us. Martha Rich makes work that is direct and in your face, bold and with no apology, while Mark Dean Veca delivers psychedelic swirls of modern pop. Ryan Heshka’s works are mysterious and haunting, his sense of humor adding to the pulpy genre he pays homage to. Together they unite to form an unvarnished truth, individual stories working as a whole.
About Mark Todd
Mark Todd is an artist, teacher and curator living in Los Angeles. For this exhibition he has brought together a cohesive and eclectic group of artists whose work signifies the current climate of modern mark making. Much like The Post It Show that he curates each year at Giant Robot Gallery, Mark’s curating style is immensely creative, with a vision for inviting artists and viewers into a space that is as fun as it is insightful and provoking.