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Todd Carpenter: Painter of Light

November 23, 2010 by Dale Youngman in Art, Artists, Exhibit with 1 Comment

Todd Carpenter and one of his paintings from the When I first sat down with Todd Carpenter, I did so because I was impressed with his paintings, and thought the show currently at LAUNCH Gallery, 5412 Wilshire Blvd. deserved a shout –out. By the time I had finished the interview, I felt like I had taken a crash course in Neuroscience, photography, and painting 101 and I was completely mesmerized by my teacher. Lucky for all of us, his show has been held over until Dec. 16, when Peter Frank, (FABRIK’s Associate Editor) will join Todd in speaking about his work from 7-8, followed by a closing reception from 8-11pm.

A part-time teacher in real life at the San Diego New School of Architecture and Design, Carpenter teaches both neuroscience and photography, often combining the theories of one in the other. A Master’s degree in Neuroscience led him to ponder the effects of light perception on the brain, thus eventually leading him to his favorite art subject – light. Coming from an artistic family, with two grandparents that painted and an architect brother, he was exposed to the creative process (and materials) at a very early age. Painting was initially a stress-buster and boredom- relief during college, but later, following a career designing medical products, a desire to simplify his life led to art as his new chosen profession.

From Todd Carpenter series, entitled SCAPED.

With nearly twenty exhibits over the course of his career, Carpenter’s latest work is a melding of many talents honed over the years. His exceptional eye as a photographer sees the infinite detail in a subject matter; his brain asks the question “How do we perceive depth? What is going on with my visual system?”, and his talent with a palette knife creates a black and white monochromatic representation of atmosphere, light and space. The series, entitled “SCAPED” is a moody, hauntingly beautiful collection of mostly small-scale oil paintings. These gentle reflections on nature, mountain views, illuminated clouds, and foggy vistas are, according to the artist, “ a stylized depiction of the world, an unreal realism tuned to the imperfections of our perception.”

You can view Todd Carpenter’s very real talent through Dec. 16th at LAUNCH Gallery.

LAUNCH Gallery?
5412 Wilshire Blvd.?, Los Angeles, 90036

Gallery Hours:? Wed, Thurs, Fri 12 – 5pm & Saturday 1 – 6pm . Also by appointment
Contact: James Panozzo, Gallery Director/ Curator: james@launchla.org??

For more photos and note from the artists: http://www.monochromart.com/newschool/naab_carpenter.pdf

Also, click here to hear Todd’s interview on 89.3 KPCC’s?Off-Ramp w/ John Rabe.

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