Moskowitz Gallery, Los Angeles
September 12 - December 13, 2014
Opening Reception: September 12, 7 - 9 PM
Moskowitz Gallery is pleased to announce Loop, an exhibition of new drawings and paintings by Alexa Guariglia. Since her previous exhibition at Moskowitz Gallery, Record of Motion, Guariglia has devoted the past year to radically expanding her practice. Loop refers to the act of recycling continually evolving motives, as well as the shape itself, which we find often in her work. Studying a selection of Guariglia’s developing themes - color relationships, erasure techniques, and the essential feminine - will illuminate some of the mastery these powerful and mysterious paintings impart.
Guariglia’s new paintings exhibit an enlightened understanding of color relationships. While her previous body of work was dominated by black ink brushwork accompanied with washes of coffee, wine, and raw pigments, this new work is painted with densely pigmented gouache. Gouache, an opaque aqueous medium, imposes physical limitations on the artist: arranging colors must be done by layering tiny brush strokes on top of an existing ground color. Primary, secondary, and tertiary colors are painted meditatively and precisely, as if the addition of each new hue to her pallet were a confounding battle. These complex arrangements of colors and layers explore new ways of constructing spatial depth in a flat pictorial plane.
All of the works in the exhibition are executed on thick, cotton-based paper. Guariglia employs subtractive methods, creating a push-pull tension in her works. She experiments with three distinct erasure techniques: while it is still wet, wiping away paint or ink with a rag , sanding, or cutting out unwanted sections. The new paintings provoke a sense of concealment, as bits of graphic imagery are visible within layers of paper windows only to disappear from view at the edge of the frame.
The essential feminine refers to the archetypal female as depicted in Guariglia’s work. Multitudes of lips and breasts are symbols of female fecundity. Patterns of intertwined, working-hands exude confidence and tireless industry. The directness with which these forms are presented asserts a unique interpretation of female identity, one that relishes equality and power in the innate differences between genders.
Each painting exhibited in Loop encompasses countless subtle narratives that reveal themselves to the patient and scrutinizing observer.