ZESER | Bottom Line print
Size: 26″ x 9″ each (2 per set)
Color: 3 colors serigraph
Paper: 290gsm Coventry rag vellum
Edition: 28 signed and numbered by artist
Price: $100.00 for set (unframed) / $250.00 framed
Thinkspace (Los Angeles) is pleased to present new works from Australian based artist Matt Doust. An accomplished portraitist, Doust’s hyperrealistic paintings explore the concept of identity through the external betrayals of the body. The artist’s dramatic human landscapes tap into the subtle revelations of physical expression, drawing the viewer’s attention to the subject’s minutest details. At times voyeuristic, these larger than life portraits are both alienating and intimate. Undeniably beautiful, they seem haunted and resonate with a provocative sense of discomfort. Doust draws on our anxiety and fascination when faced with the other in this unfamiliar proximity and scale, forcing monumental disclosures of intimacy upon us.
The paintings convey a sense of irreconcilable distances: those between the familiar and the alien, the self and the other – and yet do so somehow by uniting this sense of estrangement with a feeling of intimacy. While portraiture is ostensibly a study of the objective subject, Doust reveals that it is as much about the artist’s selective disclosure, and the viewer’s projections, as it is about the internal lives of those exposed. The artist’s haunting portraits remain evasive alloys of the seen and the unknown, and seem to instigate an interminable longing in the viewer to “possess” the inner motivations of the elusive sitters. These portraits reveal something of the desire for sameness, and this desire’s coexistence with the estrangement of manifest difference, in our shared search for human connection.
Matt Doust captures the fleeting and intangible impressions of identity, those we read from the body, and immortalizes them in portraiture. The artist’s ability to arrest the beautiful and the strange simultaneously, and his appreciation of imperfect perfection, results in portraits that are as much about absentia as they are about what is manifest. Upon seeing Doust’s paintings, we are strangely cognizant of the failure of our own holistic impressions, and of our inability to capture the “truth” of the other. Perhaps the work’s subtle melancholy comes from this realization of our own covetous disappointment: the subject is always slightly beyond our grasp. These portraits provide us with a rare opportunity to slowly excavate the intimacies of the body: searching for some sense of “truth”, communion, or revelation in the flesh. Doust captures what stirs beneath the skins of his subjects. With great technical facility, and a genuinely unparalleled refinement and detail, he is able to animate an inanimate surface with an evasive internal life.
Find out more at: thinkspacegallery.com
Four Decades of LA Urban Art Curated by Casey Zoltan and Robert Goldschien.
Exhibition featuring works by…
CHAZ BOJORQUEZ / DATE FARMERS / KENNY SCHARF / AUGUSTINE KOFIE / MAGU / MEAR / NECKFACE / POSE / PUSH / RETNA / REVOK / REYES / RIME / RISK / ROBBIE CONAL / SABER / SHEPARD FAIREY / SKULLPHONE / ZES
Inner City Arts Campus
720 Kohler Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
This fundraiser event is strictly 21+. Tickets must be purchased online.
*All proceeds from this event support Inner City Art’s programs which provide art education to 10,000 children and youth grades K -12 each year
Los Angeles is blessed with an abundance of great artists, fine galleries and world class museums. However, it is not as rich as many U.S. cities in terms of public art in open spaces. We are constantly bombarded with signage and commercial advertising in our streets, but where is the public art there? Enter the graffiti artist. We’re talking not about taggers, who commit vandalism simply to assert their identity or territory, but about artists who take their creative efforts seriously. Those who talent and work have been recognized by the established art community. All of the artists represented in our exhibit have done graffiti at some point in their careers. Most if not all of them have done pieces on the streets that were commissioned or otherwise authorized by the real property owners, thereby avoiding the element of vandalism, and all of them have made their way into reputable galleries if not museums. The heart and soul of graffiti art is to be visible from the streets and to be part of the urban landscape, so the challenge for these artists is how to maintain this heart and soul while displaying their work in galleries or museums.
We hope you enjoy our exhibit and that it sparks a greater appreciation of the graffiti art that pervades our city. We must also express our heartfelt gratitude to Inner-City Arts for allowing us to be part of their 2013 Summer on 7th!
1. To live. To remain alive.
2. To live through. To outlive.
3. To carry on despite hardships; or the death of a loved one.
from Latin, supervivere, super ‘over, beyond’ + vivere ‘to live’; or ‘to live beyond’.
SURVIVE is an exhibition featuring a conceptually coherent and significant, original body of work by L.A. based emerging artists SINER, FISHE, DREYE, KYLE THOMAS, and NATHAN SMITH.
The exhibition will feature 36 3×4 ft. canvasses. The artists work from the same flat monochromatic palette mixing ink, acrylic, markers, brush, rollers, and spray paint.
Their abstract work on the street translates directly across surfaces, textures, and contexts onto the canvass. The fearless originality and brutal honesty of their works create a dramatic composition that reflects an aggressive obsession with technique and medium. The works’ distinctively raw aesthetic results in something chaotic, yet unique and beautiful.
FIRST FRIDAY AUGUST 2, 2013
SEVEN TO ELEVEN PM
SHOW RUNS ONE NIGHT ONLY
2600 TELEGRAPH AVENUE
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612
SURVIVE has consciously chosen Oakland to follow up New Orleans and Detroit to provoke a dialogue on the transformative power of art. Inviting Bay Area street culture purveyors and art audiences to the showcase of emerging artists in a formerly vacant structure, and now transformed ‘pop-up’ gallery space, the concept, the process, and the art reinforce the purpose: SURVIVE.
To view the making of the traveling exhibition and large-scale street art murals visit: superviveredesign.com
Video Site Credits:
Curator// James W Riley
Creative Direction// James W Riley
Film// Oliver Lukacs
Layout// Kenny C.
Production// Norman Senn. Damian Esteem.
Special Thanks // Spark Media. Detroit. Inner State Gallery. ZES. REVOK. SINTEX.