press release

Part of a group of younger painters engaged with abstract painting, Los Angeles-based artist Mark Grotjahn began working with colored pencils to develop "perspective drawings" and then perspectival paintings, each generally with at least two vanishing points. This convention, used since the Renaissance to create the illusion of depth and volume on a two-dimensional surface, constitutes both the structure and the subject of these works. While there is an almost classical clarity to the formal organization of these paintings, tonal modulations of color play against multiple vanishing points to create vibrant, three-dimensional surfaces. For this new project, Grotjahn has conceived a cycle of large-scale drawings that will create a total environment within the gallery space. A selection of his ongoing, but rarely exhibited, box sculptures will also be presented.


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Mark Grotjahn