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JOHN SCHLUE: New Paintings

For immediate release: John Schlue: New Paintings

January 7 – February 11, 2012 (West Room) Opening reception for the artist: Saturday January 7th 6-8pm

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Western Project is proud to present the first solo exhibition by John Schlue in the West Room. A native of Belle Plaine , Iowa, Schlue brings a particularly American sensibility to his paintings. Though abstract, his geometric imagery presents both a spiritual and Pop kind of fusion. Using concentric circles and squares, his works recall garish neon road signs and psychedelic strobe lights. The paintings are made with oil paint and canvas, and are thrown sideways by his use of felt. It is his merging of fine art materials and craft products which is visually difficult to synthesize as it is unique and seamless. Some of the works are concave by the built up frame of hundreds of pieces of felt. Schlue’s use of materials speaks to a long tradition of American crafts, quilt makers and also contemporary artists such as Billy Al Bengston and Olafur Eliasson, and the recent works by Robert Irwin. Schlue’s imagery of radiating light is a metaphor for both cultural technology and spiritual vision. Like his mixing of disparate materials, the fusion of external and internal sources is the duality of our time. Akin to Buddhist mandala symbols, his optical images pulsate with the stillness and vigor of life; the balance of opposites as one.

John Schlue lives and works in Los Angeles. He has shown recently at Feral Pop Up in Joshua Tree, Truxtop Gallery and Western Project in Los Angeles, and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

For further information and images contact the gallery at 310-838-0609 or erin@western-project.com or cliff@western-project.com

On View in the Main Gallery: TANYA BATURA: "Achromic": New Sculpture