JEFFREY CORTLAND JONES
DAVID MICHAEL LEE
Lee’s early canvases often begin as fabric scraps sewn together on his grandmother’s sewing machine: a heavy-duty 1968 Singer. Driven by large blocks of color, Lee constructs challenging perspectives between patchwork canvas and vivid acrylic paint. The work establishes a narrative through recognizable imagery, silhouettes or outlines. Starting with base of hemp from a bolt given to him by his late father, his more recent work consists of constructed three-dimensional canvases. Applying multiple layers of paint, the surface is built up to stratified layers of hidden color. Investigating skewed perspectives, geometric shapes are revealed by carving and burnishing which showing a history of the work. In his latest pieces, stencils of lace fabric are unmasked, furthering his use of fabric as the base for an exploration of color and form.
CURATED BY ERIC MINH SWENSON
Jamie Brooks Fine Art is pleased to present Intent Fortuity, featuring Gregory Hayes, Dion Johnson and Eric Zammitt. Although varied in medium and process, each artist balances structured processes while allowing intuition and chance to enter. From Johnson’s visually dynamic and enticing palette- the result of an intensive exploration of color studies- to the complex and methodical construction of Zammitt’s wall panels and sculptures, to Hayes’ exploration of color shifts, each artist arrives at a considered conclusion composed of countless incidents of exploration.
DAVID MICHAEL LEE
ANN MARIE ROUSSEAU
Jamie Brooks Fine Art is pleased to present PIERCE MEEHAN: Surf Panels, the artist’s first solo exhibition. Immediately nostalgic in materials and form, Meehan’s work harkens both the Southern California aquaculture in which he was raised, as well as the “Finish Fetish” artists that influence him. Like the Los Angeles artists of the 1960’s, Meehan uses the materials and technologies from the manufacture of surfboards to create objects that transcend the materiality. Meehan’s work blurs the lines between painting and sculpture, without a proclamation required. Avoiding overt symbolism, Meehan focuses on color as a structure, both compositionally and integrally. Layers of pigment radiate from within, amplified beneath the sensuous and pristine surfaces. Direct, yet free of convention, the work engages the viewer to discover their own subjectivity.
Jamie Brooks Fine Art is pleased to present SIX SENSES: Anna Bogatin, Joseph Cohen, Jimi Gleason, Michael Maas, Brett Rubbico, and Zin Helena Song. The show presents six artists who create works that extend beyond their literal presence and objectivity, and engage the viewer to discover their own subjectivity.Anna Bogatin's works are the product of patient accretion of marks, analogous to weaving or chanting with its repetition and subtle variation. Cohen's beguiling surfaces contain hundreds of layers of paint composed of pigment, gold, platinum, silver, and diamond dust. Jimi Gleason mixes nontraditional materials such as silver deposit with acrylic paints to create highly reactive surfaces. Michael Maas’s practice centers on the unique exploration and integration of the Alhambra S curve. Brett Rubbico’s meticulously crafted sculptures hover the wall, seemingly ready for flight. Zin Helena Song is a painter whose highly technical paintings layer hard-edged abstraction on top of meticulously created supports.
NUDE SURVEY ONE
Jamie Brooks Fine Art is pleased to present NUDE SURVEY ONE, Curated by Eric Minh Swenson. With over 500 films on artists produced to his credit, no person is more ubiquitous nor more enmeshed in the LA art world than Swenson. His curatorial selection of 32 artists elucidates his intimacy with the pulse of LA. Encompassing diverse ideologies, mediums, and disciplines, the exhibition examines the human form in the context of contemporary sexuality. In this broad survey of exploring the nude figure, there is a dizzying mix of artworks that reflect Swenson’s intriguing eclecticism, and the sheer range of images and sculptures could induce a sensual vertigo if consumed too rapidly.
Jamie Brooks Fine Art is pleased to present HOME, drawings, paintings and assemblages by Los Angeles artist Lola Del Fresno.
The word “home” transcends the physical dwelling place. More than a structure built to provide relief from the elements, it is the womb of our societal being. It is our origin, refuge, identity and our return to innocence. Simply put, it is where the heart is.
HOME is a project that explores and articulates the vastness of a singular place and psyche. Through her ethereal and translucent works, Del Fresno offers a real vision in the playback of an urban landscape, incorporating the presence of the humanity, and the footprint that the environment seals in our memory. She describes a world by combining fragmented images of landscapes, figures and architectural spaces to create multiple real size installations. Starting with a defragmentation of the structure of the city, Del Fresno continues to a study of spaces and social realities.
Jamie Brooks Fine Art is pleased to present Harmonized, featuring Penelope Krebs, Ted Larsen and Gary Petersen. Although seemingly disparate in form and surface, the work of these artists harmonizes in the viewers’ experience. From Larsen’s reductive three-dimensional pieces, to the Krebs’ rich color theories, to Petersen’s spatially complex geometric imagery, the exhibit coalesces a commonality of diverse painted surfaces with the familiarity of form
Penelope Krebs’ works are visually enticing, yet free of connotations. Krebs manipulates light with the use of color, creating a structure that allows for abstraction to occur.
Ted Larsen’s reductive sculptures are not process driven, but rely heavily on an archeological gleaning from the discarded shells of manufacturing. The rich patinas of his surfaces are excavated from salvaged scrap metal, dilapidated automobiles and found objects.
Gary Petersen’s spatially complex paintings eliminate any sense of structured coherence. Skewed parallelograms, off kilter shapes, and submerged depths of white washed planes, create an ordered chaos as we stumble through the looking glass.
Jamie Brooks Fine Art is pleased to present Allure, featuring Anna Bogatin, Joseph Cohen, and Warren Isensee with Lauri Hopkins and Jeremy Rabus. Immediately alluring with its freshness and color, this exhibit entices the viewer to investigate the artistic process. Each piece tells the narrative of its making over time, from hundreds of layers of paint to thousands of free-hand lines, columns and stripes. Free of representation and code, but rich in experiential data, these five artists underscore the historical promise of painting as a medium of light and contemplation.
outLINE: Beyond the Grid
JAMIE BROOKS FINE ART is pleased to present their inaugural exhibition outLINE: Beyond the Grid. The show presents five artists whose practices transcend the organizational schema of the grid: Agnes Martin, Johnnie Winona Ross, Pard Morrison, Dan Walsh and Gregory Hayes. Though seemingly Minimalist, each artist creates works that extend beyond its literal presence and objectivity and engages the viewer to discover their own subjectivity.