Art

Ann Thornycroft

Current Exhibition: Euphoria

Summer 2017

The smaller works here take pleasure in the craft of painting. Some explore soft brush marks in seemingly simple colour swatches while the hard edged variety play games with our ways of seeing as they move this way and that between balance and imbalance, harmony and discord. Although some are called studies, they are not exercises. Each one is an autonomous exploration into colour and form – a theme that is integral to all Ann Thornycroft’s work, small and large.

At one level the large abstracts are influenced by American art of the 60’s and 70’s but in another sense they are rooted in a much older tradition of landscape painting. The flower forms might stem from direct observation in a garden or less tangibly from wind in the trees, a flowing river or bright light at midday. At a deeper, more personal level Thornycroft’s paintings are expressions of feeling. They are a visual equivalent to poetry – perhaps, a little like Mary Oliver’s hymns to the natural world – they invite us into a rich world of growth and fecundity.

Joan Wulf

Past Exhibition: Elemental

November 9 – January 5, 2017

Patterned and ephemeral—Wulf’s work embodies her intense connection with the natural world, in particular its scientific, elemental components: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Once points of departure for her paintings, the elements have transformed into “collaborators” in Wulf’s studio practice. She has variously burned, torched, sprayed, oxidized, ripped, glued, and bent materials in her quest to distill nature to its most basic state. The formal, gridded format often used in her work allows Wulf to structure systems, echoing the building blocks represented by the elements and highlighting humanity’s underlying desire to apply order to situations it finds elusive. By summoning an awareness of the direct interaction with the moment, she connects herself and the viewer to the natural world. For Wulf, “it’s about temporality and transformation—an examination of process, cause and effect, chaos and control.”

Dinah Diwan

Past Exhibition: OVERwriting in underDRIVE

Los Angeles: March 12 – May 12, 2016

Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Dinah Diwan left for Italy in 1975 when the civil war broke out, then joined her family, who was living between Montreal and Paris. Trained as an architect, she graduated cum laude from ENS-Paris La Villette. She created her own studio in Paris where, for 20 years, her practice as an architect has included residential and commercial projects in France and Tunisia. Alongside her professional commissions, Diwan has been an innovative painter and ceramicist. Her art deploys overt references to architectural elements, such as city grids, gardens and maps. Diwan’s work has been previously exhibited at the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff in Paris.

Starting in 2008, Diwan began to overwrite on old pages from turn of the last century French publishing house Éditions Paul Geuthner. These hundreds of small books became the invisible foundation for her paintings. Before Diwan incorporates them into her work, she reads the pages herself, aware that she will be the out-of-print book’s final reader. The pages are then separated and overwritten by Diwan’s illegible writing.

Now working in Los Angeles, Diwan over-paints collaged selections of these vintage French pages, and then begins to conceptualize LA by folding the canvases into page-sized grids where the geography of the city is reinvented. “After I have overwritten the pages, I glue, fold, and wash. Then I leave the canvas exposed to the elements – the sun, the rain, the wind, the moon – before the image of an imaginary map of Los Angeles emerges.”

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