Kenneth Capps, James Hayward, Gary Lang, Ed Moses, Gwynn Murrill, Ruth Pastine, Peter Shelton, Phillip K. Smith III, and Matt Wedel (Curated by Carl Schlosberg)
May 22 – July 17, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Public Program: Gary Lang and Phillip K Smith III in Conversation on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
LA TODAY showcases works across generations of Los Angeles artists from a seasoned and engaged perspective. This exhibition provides a glimpse into the diverse and powerful ways artists are pushing the traditions of painting and sculpture. Included here are immersive colorfield oil paintings by Ruth Pastine juxtaposed to quirky ceramic heads and plant life by Matt Wedel. In a formal conversation around circles, scale, and color variation are the immense, round acrylic paintings by Gary Lang and the largest fiberglass, kinetic lightwork by Phillip K Smith III. The tall grid of impasto paintings by James Hayward reveals the artist’s experimentation with white oil mediums thickly caked onto wood. Angular paintings by Ed Moses are installed unorthodoxly across the corner of the gallery, creating a geometric puzzle or mask out of an abstract, vine-like pattern. Kenneth Capps’ colossal, painted steel sculpture looks like a gigantic ink drop turned on its side, yet becomes a smooth black sphere when approached. Peter Shelton’s alien objects seem to allude to hybrid lifeforms, while Gwynn Murrill’s apparitional, bronze feline provides a dignified contrast—bringing us back to Earth.
For over 44 years, private art dealer Carl Schlosberg curated numerous exhibitions of works by leading contemporary artists in Los Angeles, Malibu, Beverly Hills at The Peninsula Hotel, and New York. He is chair of the Sculpture Committee of the Arts Council of the Century City Chamber of Commerce and served as the curator of Century City Sculpture 2015. Schlosberg is a charter member of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a founder of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and a founder of the Skirball Cultural Center. In the 1980s, he served as chair of the Sculpture Garden Committee of American Jewish University. At age 80, Schlosberg’s vitality in this collaboration with Royale Projects genuinely exemplifies his own unquenchable thirst for contemporary art.