Daniel Ingroff: Reservoir 👀

4043 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029
Nov 13, 5 PM - 8 PM — ends Jan 08, 2022
Tyler Park Presents is pleased to announce "Reservoir", the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles for Daniel Ingroff and with the gallery. The exhibition will open on November 13, 2021, and be on view until January 8, 2022.

Ingroff approaches image-making as the process of constructing and reconstructing narratives, experiences, memories, and dreams. His paintings often start from photographic source material, such as the artist’s personal collection of internet and iPhone images or vintage books, photographs, and magazines. For instance, "Slippery Register" (2021) uses model shots from “Physique Pictorial," a mid-century body-building magazine with overt queer undertones. "Mother of Pearl" (2020) started from images found in an internet archive of seashells from southwest Florida, all photographed on black backgrounds. The imaginary landscape in "Hemispheres" (2021) is an amalgamation of iPhone photos taken during walks in the San Gabriel Mountains and in Griffith Park. There is a sense that each painting serves as a portrait of its subject, at times close friends of the artist, but also as an introspective examination of psychological or emotional states.

The paintings are encased in thin artist frames made from dark welded metal, which serve to contain and delineate the everyday, dream-like reality of the imagery from the world itself. The paintings become little worlds, inhabited with symbols that are both personal and universal. In "Meridians" (2020), a series of images are superimposed on a large-scale hand, alluding to the way that reflexology diagrams map out the body onto a hand or a foot. These images have been used as source material for other paintings and drawings, and the piece becomes a key to the artist’s practice over the last decade.

This show marks a shift toward slowing down the process of painting through a heightened attention to rendering. The way the paintings are made involves making studies and the layered application of paint; there is a feeling of careful observation permeating the work. The final painting made for this show was "The Double" (2021), a small-scale portrait of a naked figure holding his own shadow, which is hanging limply in his hands. In this gesture, there is a sense of the world that these paintings occupy: intimate, a bit funny, a bit sinister, at times melancholic, and full of a sense of wonder.

Daniel Ingroff is a Los Angeles-based artist who holds an MFA from University of California, Irvine and a BA from Pitzer College, Claremont. His work has been shown in exhibitions at venues such as Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Klaus Von Nichtssagend, New York; Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles; 356 S. Mission, Los Angeles; and Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Los Angeles; among others. His work was recently featured in the group exhibition titled "All That Spring Promises" at Tyler Park Presents in 2021. For the past decade he has run project spaces in Los Angeles, including Workspace from 2008-2012, and more recently, the artist-run gallery Queens LA.