Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles Gallery presents “MOODZ,” featuring the art of Kenny Scharf. The solo exhibition will spotlight two hundred-fifty of Scharf’s circular paintings of faces, every one of them different. He has been working on this project for months, painting several faces a day. He thinks of his paintings as being like people: no two are alike.
Kenny Scharf has been spray-painting faces since 1981. Furtively painting on the street, he learned to develop images spontaneously and quickly. His faces project involves intense focus. He has created an expansive body of work within a rigorous set of constraints – but with infinite possibilities.
Scharf embraces the immediacy of spray paint. His gestures use his entire body. The process is totally physical, like a dance. He paints while listening to music on his headphones, entering into a zone where his mind and body merge. His strokes follow the beat.
Spray painting is probably the most direct way to make an image. There is no possibility of correction or erasing. As Scharf says, “there is no lying with spray paint.” The accidents that happen lead to new ideas. His faces are continually morphing and evolving.
On view now: August 1 – October 31, 2020
Where: Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles Gallery, 925 Orange Drive, LA,