Moskowitz Gallery, Los Angeles
March 8 - May 28, 2014
Opening Reception: March 8, 7 - 9 PM
Moskowitz Gallery is pleased to announce Atmospheres, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Justin Margitich and Chris Iseri. Both artists focus on the nature of perception, using devices such as minimal color, varying densities, and a technique called atmospheric perspective to direct attention to the receding and advancing of space. In the late 15th century, Leonardo Da Vinci coined the term atmospheric perspective. When applied to painting or drawing, atmospheric perspective refers to various techniques that create an illusion of depth. Over time, these techniques have expanded, continually changing our conception of atmosphere.
Justin Margitich uses geometric abstraction to deconstruct compositions that exude the overwhelming grandeur of Romantic era art. His constant and subtle distortion of three-dimensional shapes, contained in an epic landscape, provides a powerful interplay between the magnificence of nature and spatial reasoning. Beyond the formal elements of Justin Margitich’s work lies a deeper message about humanity’s growing impact on the environment. As new metropolises boom and the world’s population continues to expand, we must continue to re-examine our relationship with the land. Although Margitich’s compositions offer great beauty, they also offer a view of a marred landscape that we are forced to face head on.
Chris Iseri’s work explores spatial depth through a catalog of receding shapes and intuitive marks. These methods of drawing create structures that simultaneously play with micro- and macroscopic perspectives. In contrast to Margitich’s work, which relies on three-dimensional objects to guide the eye across the painting, Iseri uses a combination of flat shapes and drawing systems to guide the eye through varying densities. Each drawing system relies on a specific set of rules ordained by its ability to convey space. This push and pull of expression and rigid construction builds another layer of changing atmosphere, communicating a hyper-focused experience of isolated perspectives.
Together, the works of Justin Margitich and Chris Iseri create a dialog layered with rich ideas about both perspective and human nature itself.