Durden and Ray presents Simultaneous Contrast in July. The exhibition, an exchange show with Chicago’s LVL3 gallery, features three Los Angeles artists and two Chicago artists in a show of abstract paintings that symbolize the current violent swings of thought across the country regarding America’s simultaneous utopia and dystopia.
Curated by Durden and Ray member Curtis Stage and Chicago’s Adam Scott (in collaboration with Vincent Uribe of LVL3) the show features artists Roberta Gentry (L.A.), Nano Rubio (L.A.), Zoe Nelson (Chicago), Adam Scott (Chicago) and Chris Trueman (L.A.).
“Each of the artists in this exhibition create work of extreme beauty that is then marred by a moment of true artistry, a moment that creates a simultaneous contrast between beauty and its opposite,” said curator Curtis Stage. “Although they each play with simultaneous contrast in its more traditional sense, it was this commitment to saying something even deeper through abstraction that drew me and Adam Scott to choose them for the show.”
“In the case where the eye sees at the same time two contiguous colors, they will appear as dissimilar as possible, both in their optical composition [hue] and in the height of their tone [mixture with white or black].”
The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colors by Michel-Eugène Chevreul
So far, the 21st century seems to be marked by abrupt and simultaneous movement towards lofty ideas of utopia and its opposite shadow space, dystopia. The individual art works in this exhibition use modern abstract languages to explore simultaneously contrasting visual ideas.
The term “simultaneous contrast” was coined by Michel-Eugène Chevreul, a French chemist. The Impressionists adapted his pioneering work for the textile industry specifically to act as a conceptual armature for their perceptual painting practices.
For this exhibition we push Chevreul’s ideas a step further by imagining the cultural notions of utopia and dystopia as states of mind that exist together. We cannot know one without the other.
Painting has always attempted to record the velocity of culture’s movement from notions of utopia to our obsession with narratives of dystopia. The paintings in this exhibition use abstract tactics to tease out simultaneous vibrations of mind, gestures and cultural trajectories.
Opening reception: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017
Open late to coincide with opening reception at CB1: 4-7 p.m. Saturday July 22.
Note: The Chicago show will be held in October 2017
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