Into the good night
Exhibition Dates: February 26 - March 23, 2019
Reception: Thursday, february 28, 6 - 8 pm
In recent years we have seen a resurgence of abstract painting in Los Angeles. Painting has arisen again to place itself as relevant and investigative. This critical development has come hand-in-hand with the turning towards a seriousness and purpose at odds with the self-conscious ironic stance of a previous generation.
The painters of Into the Good Night have recommitted to the act of painting as a genuine vehicle for the critique and expression of higher aims and goals. Although a sense of humor might be present the work retains its essential drive to engage with the ‘Grand Themes’ of art.
Mortality, death and presence are all dealt with in Into the Good Night via a performative set of positive, invested actions which simultaneously investigate other related aspects such as the political potentials for painting and the lineage of painting itself.
In opposition to a macabre or dark response to these issues Into the Good Night will take an unusual and contradictory approach. By enlisting artists for whom the associative elements to mortality are mirrored in celebratory fashions, of palettes that recognize the joys of both life and painting. In recognition that life must be hopeful, going noisily into the dark night, rebellious of morbid tendencies and screaming brightly of life itself.
The marks made, the gestures and scribbles, the hand at work and the traces of cognitive activity reflect the core remnants of human artistic moments. The paint itself is both literal - they are marks of identity - as well as representations and interrogations of the historical and current meanings and possibilities within this medium.
This exhibition will present 9 artists with growing reputations amongst curators, collectors and gallerists. They are painter’s painters, respected by their peers. In this presentation we can trace this important cultural moment, helping to establish Into the Good Night as a significant epicenter of abstract painting’s revival.