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Restoring LA’s Public Art

"Liquid Supercool" - William Turner & "Liquid Light" -Museum of Design Art & Architecture

Raw, uncomplicated, and surprisingly organic -science and its process form the thematic core of these two shows which explore light , color and texture via mediums of resin and acrylics.

A play on the definition of glass; and the fact its super-cooled, Liquid Supercool at Bill Turner taps an organizing principle of curating a group of contemporary artists who utilize resin in different ways and for varying visual effect.

Having worked in the medium of resin for around 15 years Greg Miller is at the forefront of a seeming resin renaissance that seems to have hit LA. He’s also one of the strongest of the two shows.

Working figuratively he manipulates resin on two levels, creating a collage type effect and also a sculptural element, by encasing objects, suspending them in fluid amber resin.

In the same show, Eric Johnson furthers all things sculptural, with helixes and organic and biomorphic abstractions. Having worked with resin and wood for over 20 years Johnson manipulates transition of color to great effect, giving the work an organic life, form and depth.

Reaffirming the premise of glass and its creation, in the Bill Turner show, . Lisa Bartleson and Arturo Mallmann use multiple layers paint, to conjure something reminiscent of stained glass scraping and manipulating the surface, then covering it with resin.

Bordering sculpture while not deviating from painting as its expressive form , Liquid Light at the Museum of Design Art & Architecture sees a similar reliance on abstraction and atmosphere. Texture, color and light creative a pleasing mindscape, a collective ambience that’s ornate unobtrusive and perhaps uncomplicated when compared to the aforementioned Turner show.

Highlights include the ocean vistas of Andy Moses, or at least what appear to be a sunset vision, though ultimately leaving the perception up to the viewer - pleasing palatable and questioning.

Written by Craig Stephens

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