bG Gallery presents “Gay Summer Rick: City and Sea.”
See image: “Lights on Broadway,” Oil on Canvas, 60 x 48 Inche
Gay Summer Rick’s new series of work takes the viewer “from Broadway to Speedway” (Downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach) along freeways, side streets, and out to the sand. Take a moment to experience the surf pounding along the edge of the highway, the hum of tires on the road while speeding along the freeway toward sunset, and a quiet street with city lights glowing in evening twilight.
Rick’s paintings depict urban habitats vibrating alongside Southern California’s ephemeral coastline. Rick intended to focus on the journey rather than the destination with this body of work. Views from the roadways and walkways traveling from downtown Los Angeles to the beaches of Venice or Malibu take us on an adventure where we are able to enjoy unanticipated perspectives along the way. We can observe and relish intimate moments; stopping to enjoy the lights on Broadway in a moment without traffic, or by walking up 6th Street toward the Bridge without the sight or sound of cars.
The dynamic relationship between the two environments of urban habitats and the coastline is heightened by the artist’s choice of using a palette knife instead of a brush. Her distinctive painting style creates an arresting color field in which the city’s sharp edges dissolve into the impressionistic embrace of sand, sea and sky.
See image: “After the Golden Bull”, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 Inches
The exhibition will run through November 11th. Gallery hours are 11:30-6pm Tuesday through Saturday, occasional Sundays (call the gallery 1 310 906 4211), and by appointment.
On view: October 17 – November 11
What: Opening reception
Where: bG Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525, Michigan Avenue, Space G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404