Amir H. Fallah & Colette Robbins
Opening: Thursday, April 11th, 6-8pm
Dates: April 11th - May 25th
Amir H. Fallah
Desaturated Rainbow is a traveling exhibition of New York and Los Angeles artists that centers on the context, stereotypes and originality of how artists use color from coast to coast. This exhibition is curated by Amir H. Fallah and Colette Robbins. It will premiere at Field Projects, NYC April 11th- May 18th 2013 and then travel to Kopeikin Gallery, LA from July 20th – August 24th 2013. LA based artists included in the show are Alison Blickle, Wendell Galdstone, Sherin Guirguis, Amir H. Fallah, Dani Tull, Feodor Voronov, in addition to NYC based artists Justin Amrhein, Micah Ganske, Norm Paris, Colette Robbins, Michael Schall, and Heeseop Yoon.
Desaturated Rainbow features vibrantly colorful works from a selection of LA artists and black and white works from NYC based artists. This exhibition playfully questions why many New York artists use a limited palette and why many LA artists use a more colorful palette. The proverbial New York artist is anxious and wears all black which comes from a stereotype about the beatniks. Whereas LA artists are generalized as more laid back and interested in outdoor activities, which stems from the famous surfing and skating culture. Are these archetypes still integrated into our respective coastal art world cultures? While bringing up these questions about coastal stereotypes, this exhibition also highlights some overarching similarities between the entire groups’ works. All of the artists’ works have a plethora of details, patterns, or textures. The result is a group of complexly rendered artworks that have a contemporary baroque sensibility.
Heeseop Yoon, Sherin Guirguis, and Feodor Voronov’s drawings amass layers and layers of small lines and elements to create a contained but extremely ornate composite space. Because of the contrasting palettes between Yoon’s black and white tape drawing installations and Guirguis’ and Voronov’s colorful drawings, one can view how much a vivid palette or limited palette can cause such different emotional impacts on a viewer.
Justin Amrhein and Micah Ganske both make system based works that reflect the future and manifest an interest in engineering and science. Amrhein’s synthetic trees and Ganske’s fictional space elevator show alternate futures where technology can augment nature.
Dani Tull and Michael Schall works play with elliptical shapes and intricate textures. Both artists have a type of controlled chaos present in their works. In Schall’s graphite drawings, there is a cloud of dust that is being contained by a tarp and in Tull’s sculptures there are holes that appear throughout the spider web patterning on his sculptures.
Alison Blickle, Amir, H. Fallah, Wendell Gladstone, Norm Paris and Colette Robbins all have figuration present in their works. Gladstone’s and Fallah’s works look like either a fantastic ritualistic act is about to happen or has just occurred. Blickle, Paris, and Robbins are fusing figures with some sort of history. Blickle’s ‘Gene in the Hollywood Hills’ is a painting from her series of failed Hollywood starlets. Paris and Robbins both create works that look like they have been unearthed from a fictional archeological expedition.