bG Gallery presents “Gay Summer Rick: Interventional Itinerary.” An opening reception was held on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The show will be on view through August 23, 2021. Appointments will be available upon request for in person and virtual private viewings. Safety measures will be observed in accordance with LA County Public Health guidelines; physical distancing and masks may be recommended.
Dream up, Gay Summer Rick
From the artist:
“In 2019 I started preparing for a 2020 solo exhibition, creating a body of work that was to be focused primarily on views from above. I have for many years painted images inspired by window-seat views while in flight and on the tarmac, but never had an exhibition that was predominantly aerial. For inspiration I created a very intentional itinerary and traveled between LA and NY with some additional stops to ensure the flights approached my target cities from north and south for the most interesting and varied views. In late 2019 work commenced on these atmospheric, abstract aerial views. Every day I was reliving great adventures, traveling these magical routes through paint on canvas in the studio.
When the pandemic hit, my art practice froze as I watched family and friends working in healthcare head to the front line. I found myself living very close to the danger and devastation. I was shaken. As most of us were staying “safer at home” I made it a point to connect with dear friends and family. While we all agreed it was best to stay safe, the recurring message was that people felt confined and wished they could be someplace else. So, I began asking everyone, “If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?” The responses resonated. I found myself modifying my work plan from transporting the viewer through a very “intentional itinerary” over two of my favorite cities, to what became an “Interventional Itinerary”. One that not only addressed the desires of those who were locked down but one that really took the focus off the moment and shifted the narrative with a very positive and resilient outlook. Interventional Itinerary takes the viewer out of their current reality to a place where they may find themselves in moments of joy, enveloped in a quiet calm, holding onto big dreams, and embracing great hope for the brightest days ahead.”
On view: June 24 – August 23, 2021
What: “Gay Summer Rick: Interventional Itinerary”
Where: bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave #A2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 906-4211