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Five Artists Explore the Unconventional: Extraction at Steve Turner Gallery

July 18, 2015
Anika Dačić graduated in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade and is currently pursuing MA in Literary and Cultural Studies. Her interests lie in social and cultural aspects of contemporary art production and she especially enjoys writing about street and urban art. Likes to knit, play adventure video games and host quiz nights at a local bar.

Who would have guessed that the art of abstract painting will be such a big hit this summer? At least on the West Coast. Just recently we had the opportunity to announce two astonishing exhibitions taking place in San Francisco. After the group show Shapeshifters and Sharpshooters and James Kennedy’s Continuum the art of abstractionism is moving to LA for an international gathering of five artists hosted by the Steve Turner Gallery. The Extraction exhibition is bringing some monumental works exploring the classic abstract approach to painting in the mediums of today.

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Left: Michael Staniak – DATA_970 (208GB), 2014. CDRs and resin on canvas with steel frame, 71 x 54 inches / Right: Michael Staniak. DATA_760 (1081GB), 2015. DVDRs and resin on canvas with steel frame, 71 x 54 inches

The Art of Abstract Painting coming to LA

Well, you may wonder what the art of abstractionism has to offer today that we haven’t seen already. It’s all about shapes and squares anyway and maybe a couple of lines to spice up the composition. Or is it just that? The particular aesthetic concept of abstract painting which spread like a wildfire through the global art scene in the first half of the past century isn’t just a passing trend in the art history, as these contemporary artists are determined to demonstrate. Surely the dialogue with the past artistic endeavors is inevitable, but the artists working today in the field of abstractionism are showing us that contemporary narratives can be brought to life by building on the old foundation and also remain genuine and original. The central theme explored in the Extraction exhibition is the concept of the urban environment and ways it can be presented through the abstract medium by various modern techniques. Each artist constructs his work around this particular idea in their own recognizable visual language.

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Left: Joaquín Boz – Untitled #2, 2015. Oil on panel, 39 x 29 inches / Right: Joaquín Boz – Untitled #1, 2015. Oil on panel, 39 x 29 inches

Extraction Participants

As mentioned earlier, five artists are brought together under the roof of Steve Turner Gallery to showcase their latest work. Joaquín Boz, the most promising young talent of Buenos Aires contemporary art scene will showcase his abstract expressions made with oil paint which is applied on the paper directly by hand. Ryan Brown, New York-based artist is presenting us with his large works made through the usage of canvas, steel components and acrylic paint, evoking the form of the vintage beach chairs. Berlin-based artist originally from Argentina, Ivan Comas is bringing the spirit of the urban environment to the gallery space through his highly-textured artworks made from asphalt, cement and yellow house paint. Pablo Rasgado from Mexico will showcase his monumental series titled Unfolded Architecture made from the dismantled walls of temporary exhibition spaces. Finally, Michael Staniak will present his latest DATA paintings inspired by the digital media.

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Left: Ryan Brown – Cayo Paraiso, 2015. Acrylic, canvas and steel, 88 x 64 x 4 inches / Right: Ryan Brown – Praia do Sancho, 2015. Acrylic, canvas and steel, 88 x 64 x 4 inches

International Painting Exhibition at Steve Turner Gallery

The Extraction exhibition in Los Angeles will open on July 18th in the exhibition space of Steve Turner Gallery. The reception is announced for the same day from 6 pm to 8 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to see and enjoy these amazing abstract paintings through August 22nd, 2015. If you are an admirer of the old abstract painting style give the chance to its reinvention and see what these great new artists have to say about your favorite movement of the past.

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Featured images:

Extraction – Installation view – Steve Turner Gallery, July 2015. Pablo Rasgado. Arquitectura Desdoblada, 2011, 2012, 2015. Drywall and acrylic paint (from temporary exhibition walls of Carrillo Gil Museum), 78 1/2 x 78 1/2 inches, detail Joaquín Boz – Una Introducción, 2015. Oil on paper, 118 x 236 inches, detail Michael Staniak. DATA_760 (1081GB), 2015. DVDRs and resin on canvas with steel frame, 71 x 54 inches, detail

All images courtesy of Steve Turner Gallery

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Left: Pablo Rasgado – Arquitectura Desdoblada, 2011, 2012, 2015. Drywall and acrylic paint (from temporary exhibition walls of Carrillo Gil Museum), 78 1/2 x 78 1/2 inches / Right: Pablo Rasgado – Arquitectura Desdoblada, 2011, 2012, 2015. Drywall and acrylic paint (from temporary exhibition walls of Carrillo Gil Museum), 39 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches
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Left: Ivan Comas – Brick Factory, 2015. Tar, cement, household and spray paint on canvas, 75 1/2 x 62 1/4 inches / Right: Ivan Comas – Bulletproof, 2015. Tar, cement, household and spray paint on canvas, 78 3/4 x 65 inches