JAUS: 11858 La Grange Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Through April 24, 2016
Featuring work from: Daniel Brice, Tim Forcum, Beverly Fishman, Dion Johnson, Joe Lloyd, John Schlue, Christian Tedeschi, Wayne White
JAUS: 11858 La Grange Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Western Project welcomes 2016 @ JAUS with new work from:
DANIEL BRICE / BEVERLY FISHMAN / TIM FORCUM / DION JOHNSON / JOE LLOYD
JOHN SCHLUE / CHRISTIAN TEDESCHI / WAYNE WHITE
March 19 - April 24, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS: Saturday, March 19 4:00 - 8:00 PM
REGULAR EXHIBITION HOURS: THURSDAY - SATURDAY 12:00 - 4:00 PM
OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS: SATURDAY, MARCH 19 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Regular exhibition hours: Thursday - Saturday 12:00 - 4:00 PM
11th year Anniversary Exhibition
Ron Athey / Josh Bolin / Daniel Brice / Thomas Burke / Carole Caroompas / Cole Case / Alec Egan / Samantha Fields / Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose / Tim Forcum / Eric Freeman / Sush Machida Gaikotsu / Margaret Griffith / Dion Johnson / Ali Kheradyar / Patrick Lee / Joe Lloyd / Zachari Logan / Bob Mizer / Matthew Penkala / Nancy Riegelman / Chad Robertson / Joe Schmelzer / Nicolas Shake / Aaron Sheppard / Arne Svenson / Christian Tedeschi / Tom of Finland / Mark Dean Veca / Wayne White / Jessica Wimbley
Western Project proudly presents our 11th Year Anniversary Exhibition marking a decade and a year of programming. As one of the pioneer galleries of the Culver City arts district, the show will include gallery artists and some special guests; each an irregular, unruly and often impolite force of nature, all burdened with the disease of individual thinking and a call to find a greater depth of human experience. We celebrate with abandon and humor, knowing our job is yet unfinished.
By Sharon Mizotahttp://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-joe-lloyd-at-western-project-20140818-story.html August 19, 2014
For his first solo exhibition, local artist Joe Lloyd offers large, sunny, intensely layered abstract paintings at Western Project. These roughly symmetrical compositions of sharply angled shapes are rendered in clear, bright colors that intersect and overlap in fevered, sometimes psychedelic combinations.
Each painting is built up from many, many layers of geometric designs. Some were initially worked out on a computer, but the paintings are clearly the result of an iterative, hand-driven process. One layer gives way to the next but remains visible, refracted through translucent scrims of paint or asserting itself as texture: the lumps and bumps of a previous idea. Such imperfections are countered with an overall sense of symmetry, making for images that feel grounded in geometry but not ruled by it.
This attitude, as well as the jovial clarity of Lloyd’s palette is reminiscent of Richard Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park” series. But where Diebenkorn’s hard-won geometries feel like an artist groping toward some kind of resolution, Lloyd’s seem to revel in discontinuities and fissures. His struggle is not to wrest geometry from real life or vice versa. His paintings have a thoroughly delightful, freewheeling character open to the idea that a systematic approach might not add up in the end.
August 19, 2014 By Sharon Mizota http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-joe-lloyd-at-western-project-20140818-story.html
Western Project, 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 838-0609, through Aug. 29. Closed Sundays and Mondays. www.western-project.com Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Marrying left and right brain sensibilities, abstract painter Joe Lloyd seamlessly melds beautiful imperfections and errant geometries. An impressive emerging talent and 2012 MFA grad of Claremont Graduate University, Lloyd creates complex, architectonic works. Inspired by the limitations of mathematical geometry to capture the variance of organic forms, the artist uses geometric motifs in his paintings loosely, rather than formulaically, to invoke the observed discrepancies found in landscape, objects and architecture. Delineating space intuitively with line, texture, color and edge, Lloyd explores pattern as an aggregate of imperfect symmetries. His deceptively concise work conveys an energetic painterliness rarely associated with geometric abstraction. Joe Lloyd: New Paintings, on view July 26-Aug.29 at Western Project, is the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Los Angeles, and a must-see debut. Gallery director Cliff Benjamin says of the highly anticipated project, “[Joe Lloyd’s] work reflects the dynamic qualities of L.A. It is razor-sharp, unexpected and unapologetically beautiful.” Who knew that math could be so interesting? Western Project, 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.,310. 838.0609, western-project.com
July 26 - August 29, 2014
Western Project is proud to present to present the first solo exhibition by Southern California artist, Joe Lloyd. An MFA graduate of Claremont Graduate School, he now lives and works in Long Beach, California. Focusing on systems and patterns, his paintings appear highly composed; however, the choices he makes are spontaneous and experimental. He writes:
“My earlier paintings were primarily about geometric shapes, but now I think it is much more interesting to process geometry as symmetry and pattern. The symmetry I make is not balanced, and my patterns are not decorative or geometric, they are more like organic or random types of patterns like wood grains and shotgun blasts. Geometry is not sacred and formalism isn’t pure. My paintings are about the imperfection of geometry.”
Lloyds abstractions are decided by layering forms and line digitally as well as by hand. It is the back and forth process which creates multiple possibilities so the compositions are both synthetic and organic in origin. Lloyd’s ‘imperfect’ geometry appears balanced and formal yet has numerous unexpected visual twists; he creates a kind of mind-game, bending the viewer’s eye with rhythmic color choices and slippery, offset compositions. As the images are complex, one can not see the whole picture at once; fragments pull and wrest the eye in a kind of acid cubism akin to Ron Davis’ 1970s canvases and Al Held’s epic late hallucinogenic works. Lloyd’s is a contortionist’s spatial logic suggesting natural and architectural sources: land, sea and sky, building schematics and freeway overpasses of Southern California; all pressed into mathematical formations with a cogent but rogue attitude.
Joe Lloyd is currently profiled in the July issue of Angeleno magazine. He has shown at the Torrance Art Museum, California State University Long Beach and Den Contemporary in Los Angeles, Vast Space Projects, Las Vegas, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California and Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, among other venues.