Skidmore Contemporary Art salutes artist Dave Lefner. 

“Whether gazing at the night sky or contemplating Art, I’ve always agreed with Oscar Wilde that ‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.’ Intrigued by the timeless, mid-century modern world, I search for the beauty of a time gone by…daydreaming myself into a slower-paced, nostalgic America, where craftsmanship and design come together. It was a time when Hollywood produced Superstars and human beings literally reached the moon.” – Dave Lefner
See ilmage: Dave Lefner, Hollywood Stars, 2016, reduction linocut in five colors, edition of 5, 10″ x 30″, framed: 16″ x 36″

Dave Lefner’s memorable and engaging images look back in time but capture the optimism of today’s contemporary culture. With titles like Liquid Joy, Star Quality, and All Stars, they reflect who we are and how we see ourselves. Lefner works in the demanding medium of Reduction Linocut. His art looks like photographs but are actually hand-made prints created from a single block of linoleum. Produced in extremely small editions of 3, 6 or 10, these artisanal works embody the artist’s love for color, craft, and mid-century design.

This is Dave Lefner’s fourth one-person exhibition with Skidmore Contemporary Art. Notable collections include that of the Prints and Drawings Department of LACMA. Lefner has been the subject of two documentaries, most recently “The Optimistic Edge: Reduction Linocuts of Dave Lefner” produced in 2014 and aired on KCET’sArtbound.

“The twinkle, twinkle of vintage neon stars fills me with a joyful optimism…much like a martini in the moonlight. But learning from the folly of Icarus, I keep my shoes planted firmly on the ground. And it’s from this vantage point, that I see a bright future written in the constellations above!” – Dave Lefner
See ilmage: Dave Lefner, Fun, Fun, Fun, 2015, 2 reduction linocuts in nine colors, Edition of 6 22″ x 72″ Framed: 28″ x 80″

On view: November 5 – December 3, 2016

Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
Phone: 310-828-5070