press release

Galerie Michael Janssen is pleased to announce a group exhibition of new work by emerging Los Angeles artists Patrick Lakey, Rachelle Rojany, Brian Wills and Monique van Genderen. The exhibition Sight Lines brings together diverse media of painting, photography, sculpture, and installation in a dynamic conversation about vision and material in the contemporary world.

For this exhibition Lakey presents two large-scale works and one triptych from his series German Photographs (1724 —2004). The photographs show places in which an influential lineage of German philosophers (Nietzsche, Hegel, Goethe, Marx, Heidegger etc.) worked and lived. They give tenuous visual form to this grand intellectual endeavor. Yet the photographs themselves cannot be illustrations of philosophical ideas, but must inherently form their own meaning. Patrick Lakey is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego. His work has been shown in a group exhibition at LACE, and he was also a participant in LACMA's “Here and Now” program.

Van Genderen presents works that fuses her signature material — vinyl adhesive film with oil paint and enamel in an offering of large-scale paintings. Incorporating highly reflective fragments, van Genderen's compositions actively engage the environment, radically changing with lighting conditions and point of view. With an impressive command of materials and palette, van Genderen creates animated abstractions whose surfaces shimmer with movement.

She exists among a group of artists whose hybridized creations question traditional parameters of what constitutes painting. Monique van Genderen is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including “Cross-Cuts: Seven Los Angeles Artists” at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College, “Art on Paper” at the Weatherspoon Museum of Art in North Carolina, and “Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles” at the Armand Hammer Museum. She is the recipient of many awards, including an upcoming 2004 Artist Residency at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Her work is included in private and public collections including the Altoids Collection and the Eileen Harris and Peter Norton Family Foundation.

Rojany work adeptly engages a range of possibility for contemporary sculpture that moves between private and public experiences of art. For Sight Lines she presents a mix-media sculpture. Rachelle Rojany is a graduate of University of California of Berkeley. She has participated in several group exhibitions including “All Media 2003” curated by Kristina Newhouse at the Irvine Fine Arts Center and in “Painting by Letters” at Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles.

Wills presents meticulously rendered paintings in encaustic, enamel, thread and oil on panel. His complex material configurations that include bass wood, delicate grooves and iridescence are matched by a commanding use of color. These works share a common denominator of vertical linear forms that engage the viewer in diverse experiential conditions of painting — from quick surface vibrations to immersive contemplative space. Wills works offer a considered contribution to the realm of contemporary abstract painting. Brian Wills is a graduate of Denison and Harvard Universities. His work has been shown in the group exhibiton “Optics” at Gensler and in “What a Painting Can Do” at Hayworth Gallery, both in Los Angeles.


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Sight Lines

mit Brian Wills, Rachelle Rojany, Patrick Lakey, Monique van Genderen