Spanish Black, a collection of new works by painter Peter Lodato, opens Saturday, January 12th at Bergamot Station’s William Turner Gallery. An opening reception for the exhibition, which runs through February 16th, will take place from 6:30PM to 8:30 PM on the 12th.
Using a distinctive motif of using a reductive palette, Lodato examines a centuries-long tradition of
Spanish masters, such as El Greco, José de Ribera, Francisco de Zurbarán, Diego Velázquez, and Francisco de Goya, whose application of black and grey was predominant. Due to this, they were awarded with the nomenclature, the “Spanish Blacks.” Lodato pays homage to these classical masters, and re-appropriates their palette in several of the large-scale works for this exhibition.
Peter Lodato’s new paintings continue the artist’s exploration of light & space. Adhering to reductive, somewhat binary field /ground compositions, the paintings resonate with the viewer like optical tuning forks. As one adjusts to the subtle rhythms within and between the paintings in this series, there is a palpable shift in consciousness and perception – as the aesthetic experience becomes a meditative one.
David Pagel from the LA Times states, “Lodato’s art requires visitors to pay close attention to subtle fluctuations in their surroundings. In the same way that echoes remind us that seemingly empty spaces are actually full of phenomena, his works sharpen our perceptions. And, like echoes, they do not broadcast their messages loudly or aggressively: The ones with the strongest impact are those that hum just above the threshold of silence.”
William Turner Gallery
Bergamot Station E1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404