Marty Schnapf: Loves and Lovers | Michael Ajerman: Possessions

831 N. Highland Ave.
Jun 15, 6 PM - 8 PM — ends Aug 17, 2019
Diane Rosenstein Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of "Loves and Lovers," a solo exhibition of figurative charcoal drawings by Los Angeles multimedia artist Marty Schnapf. This is Schnapf’s first solo show at the gallery.

Marty Schnapf grew up in a farmhouse in Newburgh, Indiana, surrounded by fields, and began his art making outdoors, often using sticks, coals and rocks as markers. When he was seven years old, his house burned down. The charred wood that was left behind held a new resonance for him. It became a kind of beautiful and terrible marker of this complex transition.

As an artist confronted by a volatile world, a global house in conflict, he “wanted to find the courage to make work about love. I bought 30 boxes of charcoals and 6 rolls of paper and began.” These vigorous and expressive drawings are drawing as performance, songs of living and dying. The figures are both intertwined and solitary, and seem barely contained, pushing against the edges of each composition. There is private space and hidden identity. His loves and lovers are nearly life-sized; and we, the viewer, stand as voyeur and witness to the emotional drama that unfolds before us.

MARTY SCHNAPF (USA b. 1977) was born in Indiana and received his BFA from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio (1999). Schnapf is a multi- media artist who works in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and performance. Last year, he exhibited paintings in "Santa Ana Winds," Alice Black Gallery, London, UK and "Fissures in the Fold," Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, and a public sculpture at the Soulangh Cultural Park in Tainan City, Taiwan. Schnapf received the 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation ACE Grant for "Night Fever," a sculptural installation in downtown Los Angeles. The artist lives in Highland Park, with his partner, the sculptor Cammie Staros.
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Diane Rosenstein Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of "Possessions," a solo exhibition of figurative oil paintings by Michael Ajerman, marking his first presentation in Los Angeles. Ajerman, an American artist based in London, will show recent paintings (2015-2019) in the gallery’s Project Room.

"Possessions" glimpses private moments shared by real and fictional subjects: erotic vignettes and quiet moments of domesticity unfolding mostly after hours. Ajerman’s actors are often fictitious characters seen in off-stage encounters (Pinocchio and Tinkerbell making love in an arbor) or familiar adults alone at home with their pets. His style is tangible and gestural; the energy of the surface involves the oil paint as image.

Through his process of “aggressive surface control,” he will push, pull, and adjust the
painting in a delicate or aggressive manner at any given time. This intuitive process, informed by experience with life drawing, is focused on color and brushwork, and moves between smooth and scratched surfaces, thick impasto and diluted drips. Ajerman’s paintings are stimulating and humorous, luscious and unexpected.

Michael Ajerman (USA, b. 1977) was born in New York City and received his MFA from Slade School of Art, London, UK (2003). He is currently included in the "Royal Academy Summer Show," Royal Academy, London, UK (2019). He recently had a solo show, "Far From Tahiti," HemingwayArt, Oxford, UK (2017) and was included in "Bad For You" (Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody), Shizaru Gallery, London, UK (2012). Ajerman received the first UCLA Kitaj Research Fellowship in 2018. The artist lives and works in London.