ARTISTS

Featured Artist

The “Featured Artist” page archives the artworks that grace the homepage of the LARB website every week. Each gallery compiles four images of works, followed by a short text. This section reflects LARB’s longstanding commitment to honor not only verbal but also visual culture, and to increase the reach of artists not only from the United States but from all across the world. The art on the homepage and the gallery archive is an ongoing nonverbal contribution to the larger conversation between here and there, between the past, present, and future, that LARB seeks to foster.

3 and 4

3 and 4 is a two-person exhibition up at 12.26 West in Los Angeles. Ida Badal and Nik Gelormino offer three and four works, respectively, for the exhibition.

Considering landscape, specifically with attention to perception and time, both Badal and Gelormino draw from forms found in nature. Through psychological shifts in perspective, scale, and material, there is a collective emphasis on the passing of time as shown through repetition and texture.

Badal’s paintings remove the horizontal line within a landscape, urging the viewer to witness the earth through the perspective of pattern and symbols. Wavering between the recognizable and the microscopic, Badal refers to cycles of growth and expanses in nature, forming a psychological space that constantly turns in on itself.

Gelormino’s sculptures are carved from wood that is local to Los Angeles — selecting trees that have died due to drought, disease, or development.  Working closely with the grain and shapes found in the wood, his motifs evoke imagery of the landscape –  flowers, shells, and birds. Through these forms and patterns, Gelormino plays with scale, light and shadow across the hand-carved surfaces and cultivates a connection to nature through touch.


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Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas: Enlightenment is a solo exhibition of works by Matthew Thomas at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibition was conceived by Mar Hollingsworth, former Visual Arts Curator, and organized by Taylor Renee Aldridge, Visual Arts Curator.

The exhibition features a site-specific installation and selection of recent paintings that function as visual prayers meant to harmonize humanity and the universe.

For over five decades, Matthew Thomas has developed a career as an artist and art professor, first in Los Angeles, and since 2011 in rural Thailand. In the late 1960s, Thomas began researching Eastern religions and philosophies and later studied Buddhist Tantra, a system of spiritual practice and meditation that has profoundly impacted his life and art. Inspired by his practice of the Buddhist religion, his multimedia works are filled with complex patterns that express his progress toward enlightenment and provide a path for others to experience the same. His unique visual language of sacred geometric abstraction, which integrates a variety of symbolic shapes and colors, explores basic life principles and correlates with the five elements of earth, fire, water, wind, and sky.

The exhibition runs until August 7, 2022.


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Leidy Churchman

Leidy Churchman: New You was a solo exhibition of paintings and monotypes by Leidy Churchman at Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.

Churchman is well known for their wide-ranging subject matter, which draws variously from nature, contemporary media, everyday objects, as well as myriad cultural signs and symbols. The work, either representational or abstract, is informed by Churchman’s deep immersion in the traditions and philosophy of Buddhism.  Whether painting the view from a trail in Maine’s Acadia National Park, or a small delicately-colored abstraction, the artist conceives of each painting in the exhibition as part of an interconnected body of work. The simultaneous presentation of seemingly disparate paintings is intended to encourage a deeper engagement with each work beyond its most immediate perception.

Leidy Churchman (b. 1979) was born in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and lives and works in New York and Maine. Churchman’s work has been shown at museums including MoMA PS1 in New York, Fondazione Prada in Venice, Museum Brandhorst in Munich, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. One-person exhibitions include the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, the Boston University Art Gallery, the Hessel Museum at CCS Bard in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.


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Tabboo!

Cityscapes is a solo exhibition of paintings by Tabboo! across both Karma and Gordon Robichaux in New York.

The joint exhibition presents a comprehensive survey of Tabboo!’s cityscape paintings from the last three decades. Taboo!’s subject matter, New York City from Tabboo!’s apartment windows,  are not unlike the backdrops Tabboo! painted for his drag performances in the 1980s.

The exhibition is accompanied by a forthcoming fully-illustrated catalogue, featuring newly commissioned essays by Ksenia M. Soboleva, Jonathan D. Katz, and Eileen Myles.

The show runs until April 16, 2022.


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