November 2 - December 21, 2013
Western Project is proud to present the third solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist, Daniel Brice. Continuing his investigation of the coastal landscape, Brice has stepped up his geometric and rough-hewn works to cinematic size. In the lineage of historic artists interpreting western America, such as Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, Brice constructs large scale paintings to speak of the immense beauty and natural wonder of the California landscape. His minimal abstract language does not utilize the drama of Bierstadt's works, but lays claim to the same idea of grandeur. Saturated color is Brice's tool to relate the immensity of the Pacific Ocean; a fathomless depth of blue is bordered with simple borders; the artist owns his subject with eloquent suggestion. It is his luminous color - akin to Thomas' use of light in his landscapes, which relates the feel of specific climate and place.
Contrasting the sense of cool coastal weather, Brice uses intense reds and oranges to express the heat of California valleys and interior terrain. A solid block of intense reds, again thinly bordered, evokes the summer heat of Southern California and the claustrophobic Santa Ana winds off the desert. His green and white paintings relate more subtle seasons or temperature; soft spring or arid fall moments. Brice's particular use of oil paint echoes Brice Marden's 1970's abstractions; intuiting place and feel, scent and light. But the use of burlap instead of canvas gives these works a rougher, more 'Western' and hand made quality - less European, less precious, and innately more emotive. Landscape painting has never looked so calloused and alluring.
Brice has shown in galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Atlanta, among other locations. He has twice been an artist in residence at the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico and is in numerous private and public collections.