- Opening Reception: Saturday, June 13, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
- Exhibition Dates: June 13 – July 11 (closed the weekend of July 4th)
Groundspace Project is happy to present Western Dreams, a group exhibition of artworks by Jorin Bossen, Cheryl Dullabaun, James Osgood and Julie Scott. Touching on dreams of the West both contemporary and historical, the artists in this show are exploring through their artworks thoughts of romance, plunder, re-wilding and the an approach to material that leaves the least trace. Rich in both imagery and media, Western Dreams includes painting, drawing, photo-based assemblage and sculpture.
Coming from the Midwest, Los Angeles has moved me to explore the “romance” of old Hollywood and the unfamiliarity of the dusty western landscape. I reuse images from old Hollywood Westerns; crop them to remove their identity, abstract their form, and truncate a narrative. The paint is built with layer upon layer of thin acrylic and oil washes. The thin paint lets light reflect off of the gesso, much like light off of a movie screen.
The West has always been a source of dreams. From days of early exploration to the present we still look to the West as a place to find freedom, independence and abundance.
Buffalo Hunt and Dying Ranch, Wind River Reservation, are based on a dystopian dream of the West where plunder, waste and extinction follow the white man’s journey into a once wild, bountiful Eden.
The work incorporates painted photography, canvases that have been shot, then covered in glossy, blood-red pigment. A reminder of discord and ecological loss both past and present.
The basis of my current work is from a sense of contentment. Contentment isn’t perfect; rather it is about the acceptance of imperfection and impermanence. I have struggled and fought against this idea but as I embrace and accept imperfection in myself and others I become more content.
What I’m doing now is very intuitive; I start out looking for material (wood, metal etc.) I can do something with. As I work I fight the urge to put more of my mark on the material than necessary. I enjoy working with wood; there is something satisfying in the methodical slow process of using hand tools.
My work is based upon both my love of and experiences in the wilderness and living in a large urban center. Places that reveal a fragility and physicality of the landscape and the life that inhabits those spaces. I utilize a number of techniques that combines both drawing and painting materials, including graphite, chalk, watercolor, gouache, and oil.
Groundspace Project is an alternative exhibition space located in downtown Los Angeles.
- Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 pm.
- 1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033
- 310 614-3351