[By Appointment Only] Britton Tolliver: Bend To Play | Ethan Gill: New Paintings 👀

2685 S La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
Feb 29, 6 PM - 8 PM — ends Apr 11, 2020
Britton Tolliver: Bend To Play

A life-long devotee to both the formal and psychological properties of abstraction, Britton Tolliver’s painting practice has come to embrace the vacillation between chaos and structure. The influence of these opposing yet complementary forces can be traced back to the artist’s creative origins—Tolliver made his first artworks in his early twenties while serving time in prison. In practice, he discovered geometric abstraction to be a powerful tool for liberation and it has been his predominant perceptual filter ever since, allowing him to metaphorically reference the hallucinogenic experiments and subsequent traumas that defined this period of his life, while embracing intuition as an expansive expression of freedom.
The paintings in Bend To Play take Tolliver’s technique of pushing paint through sieve-like grids and applies it to an array of complex biomorphic shapes. Plateaus of paint slabs are excavated to reveal Richteresque seas of squeegeed abstraction, brushless color fades reminiscent of light and space installations, and glowing lines that meander like graph vectors undone by their own frenetic energy. These sculptural painting techniques reveal an athleticism mixed with a propensity for problem solving—the paintings recall vacuumed-formed topographical maps with microcosmic paint cliffs and pools teeming with the polymorphic genes of Fetish Finish and 1970s pop culture.

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Ethan Gill: New Paintings

Ethan Gill’s new paintings present the pool as a psychological space, permeated by west coast light and used to reflect upon form, memory, and isolation. The paintings depict figures in swimming pools: legs, feet, and partial views of bodies caught in the act of submerging or at rest as the movement of light and water interrupt the figure and graph of tiles. As he paints without visual references, both figuration and abstraction emerge from within the grid in the process, allowing the subconscious to materialize form. Light, color, and refraction overtake the order of intersecting vectors. The heft and weight of a body as it succumbs to the water, hemmed in by tight framing crops or morphing into tessellated shapes, displace the water, disrupt the grid, and unmoor the body from physics and form.


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Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, and by appointment.