Michael Childress: Pictures of the Floating World | Richard Coleman: 33 Lillies

7920 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Oct 16, 1 PM - 6 PM — ends Nov 13, 2021
RICHARD COLMAN (PICTURED)
SOLO EXHIBITION
33 LILIES
SOLO EXHIBITION (MAIN GALLERY)
EXHIBITION DATES: 16TH OCT 2021 to 13TH NOV 2021
OPENING RECEPTION: SAT, OCT 16TH FROM 6:00 - 9:00 PM
GALLERY HOURS: TUES - SAT / 1 PM - 6 PM
NEW IMAGE ART. 7920 SANTA MONICA BLVD. LOS ANGELES. CA. 90046

New Image Art is pleased to present 33 Lilies, a solo exhibition by Richard Colman opening Saturday, October 16th, 2021 from 6 PM to 9 PM.

Twisted petals and tangled bodies emerge in harmony sprouting from the depths of the past. Psychologically the world is constantly having to face itself. Multi-faced figures, humanoid snakes, shape-shifters, and flower-growing heads in dense formations all contribute to an eerie and restless sensation. The sprawl of uncertainty has become the new normal. Facing the neon hues feels akin to facing our own mortality in Richard Colman's paintings, the sheer magnitude of his usage of color evokes a new consciousness within one's senses. Colman explores sentiments of loss and beauty with this new body of work. He delves into a mystical head-scape where his iconic figures contort, curve, and spiral which act as a reflection of the constant shift within the human psyche. It is as if Colman has created folklore, where each painting acts as a key to unlocking sacred beliefs, customs, and stories of truths passed through time. His contemporary approach in building these brightly colored myths is enlightening and metaphysical. As an evolving artist, Colman continuously reinvents, expands, and limits the aesthetic narratives within his paintings. Many of the new works juxtapose chaos and order as compositional metaphors for the current human condition. 33 Lilies is a journey that reflects life and death and all the roads in between.

Richard Colman's, born in 1976, Maryland, America, work is known for blending figurative imagery and bold geometry. Typically using complex compositions, Colman explores themes of human sexuality, societal hierarchies, life, and death. His work ranges from small to large-scale paintings, murals and installations. Colman currently lives and works in San Francisco and on a farm converted to a large-scale studio in rural Connecticut. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and America. 33 Lilies is Colman’s third solo exhibition with New Image Art Gallery.

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MICHAEL CHILDRESS
SOLO EXHIBITION
PICTURES OF THE FLOATING WORLD
SOLO EXHIBITION (PROJECT GALLERY)
EXHIBITION DATES: 16TH OCT 2021 to 13TH NOV 2021
OPENING RECEPTION: SAT, OCT 16TH FROM 6:00 - 9:00 PM
GALLERY HOURS: TUES - SAT / 1 PM - 6 PM
NEW IMAGE ART. 7920 SANTA MONICA BLVD. LOS ANGELES. CA. 90046

New Image Art is pleased to present Pictures of the Floating World, the debut solo exhibition by Michael Childress opening Saturday, October 16th, 2021 from 6 PM to 9 PM. This is Childress’ first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and with the gallery.

“Pictures of the Floating World” is the translation of “Ukiyo-e,” which is a type of woodblock print made in Japan during the Edo period. Saturated colored skies were a staple feature of the times, which appears throughout Childress' oeuvre. Each painting is sequestered into sections, the upper area acts as the celestial while the lower section acts as the terrestrial. The body of work in this exhibition is a part of a larger extended series Childress started in 2020, which he refers to as Equivalents, after Alfred Steiglitz’s series of ethereal photographs of clouds. In 1922, these images pushed the representational medium into the realm of the abstract. Steiglitz’s technical advancements in creating fluid liminal skies are concurrent to Childress’ process, he obfuscates the forms and colors, which in turn creates a melding of scientific diagrams with otherworldly auras. Each of Childress' paintings stems from both our world and the unknown. The channeling of light, form, and color collide together forging multi-dimensional entities. These visual poetic motifs activate a vibration within the eye, as the viewer visually embeds themselves within the coalescing cataclysmic shapes the weight of gravity sets in and pushes the eye into a telluric current. The particles within the phantasmal ecosystems of color produce a perceptual ambiguity melding psychological interpretation with visually complex algorithms. Geometric color fields bleed into otherworldly landscapes, suggesting quantum systems beyond our immediate reality.

Michael Childress (b.1987, New York), was the recipient of the 2018 Leslie Lohman Museum Queer Artist Fellowship. He has exhibited internationally at Galerie Julien Cadet, Paris and Future Gallery, Berlin as well as nationally, in New York at Half Gallery, New Release, Cuevas Tilleard, Radiator Gallery and False Flag. Childress curated a group exhibition “The Small Exceeds” at New Release in 2017 which was reviewed by Roberta Smith for the New York Times. He received his BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2009. Childress lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.