[By Appointment Only] Don Suggs: Face-Off | Tom Wudl: The Flowerbank World

45 N Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Mar 11, 6 PM - 8 PM — ends May 02, 2020
L.A. Louver is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Don Suggs (1945-2019) from March 11 to May 2. Titled Face-Off, the exhibition includes never-before-seen paintings created by Suggs 2017-2019. In this series, Suggs superimposed delineated figurative forms over colorful geometric abstractions. The underlying shapes appear to influence the characteristics and positioning of the graphic characters, which are staged in various stages of confrontation and emotion. In several works faces are fractured with line renderings of anthropomorphized trees and animal forms, while others include disembodied human hands and masks; all are marked with the same sharp-witted irreverent intellect and intense interrogation that is a hallmark of Suggs’ long career as an artist.

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L.A. Louver is pleased to present Tom Wudl: The Flowerbank World, an exhibition of works by L.A.-based artist. Over the past two decades, Wudl has taken inspiration from the revered Buddhist teaching, the Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Ornament Scripture), to create an ongoing series of painstakingly detailed paintings, drawings and prints in response to the text’s evocative and profound literary descriptions. Considered one of “the most colorful and dramatic rehearsals of Buddhist teachings,” the sutra’s primary purpose is to encourage meditation. It illustrates the world as it appears to the Buddha, where all things are interconnected and interdependent within a cosmos of infinite realms. Just as the sutra implicates the interdependency of all things, each work by Wudl is interconnected and may be viewed as fragments that inform the collective whole; every meticulous intricacy speaks to the wonderment and reverie demonstrated in the writings.