Sarah Hotchkiss and Jonathan Runcio: Dingbats
157 W. 27th Street, Los Angeles 90007
Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
Ends Jun 1, 2024
Sow & Tailor is proud to present Dingbats, a two-artist exhibition featuring paintings by Sarah Hotchkiss and reliefs by Jonathan Runcio. On view from May 4 to June 1, an opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. On the level of exacting formal decisions, self-contained logics, and individually determined vernaculars, San Francisco-based artists Sarah Hotchkiss and Jonathan Runcio meet through distinct moves of geometric and playful congruence. While Hotchkiss takes an optical approach, guiding the eye and mind through graphic maze-like compositions, Runcio’s low relief paintings of interlocking architectural forms are stand-ins for the built environment we inhabit. Together their quiet and strangely asserting works investigate grammar of ornament, facade, and design. In high contrast and pure color, Hotchkiss’s flat, hard-edge paintings reference found designed objects like board games, maps, or book covers. Cheerful and orderly, her hand-rendered compositions in acrylic, gouache, and flashe contain puzzles that loop, fizz, and endlessly reset themselves. Systematic and seemingly mathematical, they invite viewers to partake in a visual experience that alerts our sensitivity to signs, pathways, and the possibilities of symbolic communication. Storefronts, apartment buildings, garages, factories and gates become poetic abstractions in Runcio’s hands. Extrapolated from this everyday architecture, scaled down to maquette size, his balanced structures retain an undiminished power and emotion. Intuitive and layered color applications (oil on water-jet cut steel) speak to traces of time, decay, and exult the beauty of the visible and deteriorating material world. Whether containers for play and imagination or placeholders for entire universes, the pair provide more questions than answers, encouraging viewers to allow their eyes to wander. “Dingbats” might be hurled insultingly on the playground or pejoratively describe a boxy apartment building perched perilously above a carport, but as an exhibition it offers a chance to ponder the ordinary—the architecture, language, and printed matter right in front of us—and collect our own connections through subtleties of shape, repetition, and flourish. Don't blink. You’ll miss something, ya dingbat!
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