Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours

Illuminating the Los Angeles Art Scene

Jonas Wood, BBall Studio, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 105 x 138 inches (266.7 x 350.5 cm)

Jonas Wood, BBall Studio, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 105 x 138 inches (266.7 x 350.5 cm)

Jonas Wood really knows how to paint. In his most recent exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery, the Boston-born, Los Angeles resident delivers an oddly sincere art historical cocktail generously spiked with sizeable shot of himself.

He also provided me with the opportunity to learn a new German intellectual-type word, applied to this same show by an anonymous reviewer for the Huffington Post (apparently in reference to the artist’s BA in psychology.) The word is Unheimliche – which according to Wikipedia

“is a Freudian concept of an instance where something can be familiar, yet foreign at the same time, resulting in a feeling of it being uncomfortably strange or uncomfortably familiar.” (more…)


Lesley Vance, Untitled, 2011, oil on linen, 12 x 10 inches

Lesley Vance, Untitled, 2011, oil on linen, 12 x 10 inches

When traveling to non-English speaking countries, I find genuine pleasure in listening to the local music. Often, the words bear almost no meaning to me, the melodies and evocative emphasis in the lyrics resting pleasurably just on the edge of my ability to decipher them. Such is the joy in viewing Lesley Vance‘s small oil paintings and watercolors at her show at David Kordansky Gallery in Culver City (up now thru August 13.)

Her work suggests light, shapes and sculptural depth, without ever fully defining very much of anything. Romantic, calligraphic brush strokes (lines of poetically varying weight) suggest folds and fissures of undefined depth, but mapping that terrain would be virtually impossible. What seem to be shadows morph into objects, and colors play off of one another, adding Hans Hoffman-like push and pull to further confuse things.

Lesley Vance, Untitled (detail), 2011, oil on linen, 12 x 10 inches

Lesley Vance, Untitled (detail), 2011, oil on linen, 12 x 10 inches


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