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.