SkSat-May3-Skidmore-ClayVorhes-Trapeze18idmore Contemporary Art presents “Clay Vorhes, Trapeze Paintings.” Enjoy an opening reception this Saturday, May 3rd to celebrate the artist and the new exhibition.

See image: Clay Vorhes, Trapeze #18, 2013, Oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″

Here’s what the gallery has to say about Clay Vorhes….

In his Trapeze series, Clay Vorhes strikes an intriguing balance of realism and abstraction. Luminous planes of color are peopled by tiny acrobatic figures who playfully dispel the notion that the viewer is looking at a color field painting.

In the artist’s own words, “The use of objective and non-objective elements fascinates me both as a painter and as a viewer. Abstraction is part of our reality in life…We walk this tightrope of life. You know, life is so precarious, fleeting, dangerous and ugly. Yet at the same time life is so beautiful, humorous, joyful…”

Sat-5.3-Skidmore-clay-vorhes-shoe-display-2-l“I think the Trapeze artists add lyricism and danger…They are the melody in the song. The magic that the Trapeze Artist does…the prancing, dancing, gliding, walking, falling, diving…”

See image: Shoe Display #2, 2014, Oil on canvas, 60″ x 36″

This exhibition will also include works from Vorhes’s concurrent series of still life paintings.

On view: May 3 – June 7, 2014

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, D-2, Santa Monica, CA 90404

When: May 3, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-5070