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Shape Shift: A Group Exhibition at William Turner Gallery

January 10, 2014 by Megan Koester in Upcoming Events with 1 Comment

William Turner Gallery is pleased to present Shape Shift, a group exhibition featuring new work from four contemporary artists, Charles Arnoldi, Dawn Arrowsmith, Michael Braden and Peter Lodato. An opening reception for the exhibition, which runs through February 22nd, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30PM on Saturday, January 11th.

The term “Shape Shift” refers to the ability of a being to physically transform from one form to another, usually by way of magic. For our purposes, it points directly to each artist’s ability to translate the complex essences of our world into elegantly minimal geometric forms. Utilizing expressive color to define geometric spaces and convey senses of atmosphere, each of the artists has created a unique visual language – the “magic” they employ – to transform blank canvases into nuanced perceptions and evocative compositions. When one takes time to really look, what initially appear to be simple binary compositions, limited to shape and color, magically transform to nuanced perceptions of powerful complexity.

Charles Arnoldi, Bushytail, 2013

Charles Arnoldi, Bushytail, 2013

Charles Arnoldi was described early on as an artist who “draws in space”. That sense of elegance and poetry has continued to inform the artist’s work as it has restlessly evolved through a multiplicity of media and styles. Throughout his long career, the artist has been fascinated with shape and pattern to express advanced formal concerns. These new works are perhaps the most expressively minimal to date.

Dawn Arrowsmith, Persian Blue, 2013

Dawn Arrowsmith, Persian Blue, 2013

Dawn Arrowsmith’s paintings are meditations in color. It has been said that each is a kind of minimalist luxury – pure, distilled, economical, but also rich, luscious, erotic. Her work is intuitive, greatly influenced by Buddhist philosophy and by her travels to the Orient.

Michael Braden, Getting a Better View, 2013

Michael Braden, Getting a Better View, 2013

Michael Braden has forever been fascinated with what he calls transitional environments, the spaces of the in-between, the point of discord and discourse, of prospect and refuge. The line of the drawing becomes a transitional space, something to encounter.

Peter Lodato, Two + Two Violet, 2013

Peter Lodato, Two + Two Violet, 2013

Adhering to reductive, often binary field /ground compositions, Peter Lodato’s 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.

William Turner Gallery
Bergamot Station E1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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  1. George ComerMarch 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Great Show , had power, and emotion in all of the color, forms, light and edges. superb curating and installation.

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