Four Top Gallery Exhibits: Paradigm, Locks, Gerald Peters Contemporary and Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Galleries offer the opportunity to view and experience art in intimate and accessible settings. Here are some of Artsphoria’s top picks for shows that you don’t want to miss:

Ulla-Stina Wikander: Obsolescence at Paradigm Gallery & Studio

Paradigm Gallery + Studio is featuring Obsolescence, a solo exhibition by Sweden-based artist Ulla-Stina Wikander. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Obsolescence, features new works from Wikander’s well-known series of household objects covered in colorful, vintage embroideries.

Ulla-Stina Wikander, Obsolescence (courtesy of Paradigm Gallery & Studio)

Wikander began collecting vintage embroideries 15 years ago in antique stores and flea markets, initially attracted to the intricate designs of needlework textiles. Although Wikander was traditionally trained as a painter and sculptor, the unknown histories of the women who made the embroideries interested her and she began experimenting with her new collection. Wikander’s earliest experimentation with textile began with covering a broken vacuum cleaner she had laying around in her home. Through a meticulous process of deconstruction and reassembly, she transformed the anachronistic tool into something visually absorbing and entirely new, giving the vacuum a new reason to exist. Although not all of the objects Wikander covers are broken, they’re all out-dated. Through Wikander’s process, these retro items are transformed and recycled into fully contemporary sculptures.

Ulla-Stina Wikander, Obsolescence (courtesy of Paradigm Gallery & Studio)

The latest artworks included in Wikander’s Obsolescence
exhibition are suffused with humor and critical explorations of feminism, domesticity and upcycling. Her intricate textile constructions are shaped by the forms that lie underneath – including irons, blow dryers, shoes, bags, lamps, books and phones. Freshly adorned in coverings of flowers, animals and pastoral scenes, the items transcend their former functionality and are simultaneously revelatory and recognizable. Wikander’s vibrant reappropriations are evocative formal studies that defy categorization and illicit equal parts dissonance and delight.

The exhibit at Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia is on view through November 23, 2019.

Elizabeth Osborne: A Painter’s Place at Locks Gallery

Locks Gallery will present an exhibition of new work by Philadelphia artist Elizabeth Osborne. The gallery has worked with the artist for the past four decades, and this exhibition represents a continuation of Osborne’s landscape paintings that highlight her vivid and immersive compositions, many of which stem from the locations of her travels. From the hills and shores of Maine and Nova Scotia to the architectural details of Mexico, the artist navigates the transitions between abstraction and realism. The exhibition will run from November 1 through December 14, 2019. An opening reception will be held on November 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Osborne’s Hillside Autumn, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 58 x 58 inches (Courtesy of Locks Gallery)

Osborne’s work has been described as “living landscapes that integrate complex methods of seeing and representing nature.” Using a technique of controlled pours and stains on unprimed canvas became a vital breakthrough for the artist in the 1970s. Aware of a similar technique pioneered by painters such as Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis, Osborne was initially interested in capturing the light and transparency of her watercolors and translating those qualities to the canvas. These new works continue to explore bold, color-drenched landscapes that bridge ideas about formalist concerns – particularly luminosity with experiential perceptions of nature, atmosphere, and vistas.

Clay Vorhes: Trapeze at Gerald Peters Contemporary

Gerald Peters Contemporary will present an exhibition of new oil paintings by Clay Vorhes.  Featuring his signature motif of circus performers, the exhibition highlights the artist’s colorful and exuberant works.

Image: Clay Vorhes, Trapeze #23, 2013/2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Employing the subject of trapeze as a way to explore the balance and tension of representation and abstraction, Vorhes creates a vibrant atmosphere, deploying the thrills of the circus in a sophisticated subversion of the eye and mind. Large swathes of color are interrupted by strong diagonals lyrically dotted with the trapeze performers, bringing both geometric precision and optical fantasy to these playful scenes.

A protégé of Wayne Thiebaud, Vorhes came to painting as a second career in his mid-30s. His encounter with Thiebaud’s work and the painter himself was so significant it changed the course of his life and work. Now, eighteen years later, Vorhes is an accomplished painter with several museum exhibitions and private collectors nationwide.

The exhibit at Gerald Peters Contemporary in Santa Fe will run from December 13, 2019, to March 20, 2020. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday, December 13, 5-7 p.m.

Thomas Joshua Cooper: The Capes of California at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles will present The Capes of California, a project by artist Thomas Joshua Cooper commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and supported by Lannan Foundation and Ann Tenenbaum & Thomas H. Lee, as a complement to the exhibit on view at LACMA, Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge.

Thomas Joshua Cooper
Looking into the Sun—Late Afternoon
The California/Mexico Border Fence—The End The North Pacific Ocean
The Sun is the bullet
Border Field State Park
Tijuana River Valley Beach
San Diego County
North America
2018, printed 2019
© Thomas Johsua Cooper
Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Organized in coordination with LACMA, the exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles comprises 19 monumentally scaled photographs that together trace the extraordinary coast of California, the artist’s home state. The body of work represents the culmination of Cooper’s epic Atlas project, an expedition that has captivated him for the last 30 years making pictures within the furthest reaches of the globe.

The Capes of California will be on view through January 19, 2020. The gallery will also host a public conversation between the artist and Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on November 23, at 11:30 a.m.

Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge is on view now through February 2, 2020, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.





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