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David Kapp: West/East - Los Angeles/New York
Michael Petry: Joshua D's Wall and Recent Works    Oct 26 - Nov 23, 2012


Opening reception on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 pm.
Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District.

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce shows by two featured artists, West/East - Los Angeles/New York, an exhibit of David Kapp's paintings and Joshua D's Wall and Recent Works, glass sculpture by Michael Petry. The opening is at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk.

David Kapp

The worlds of New York and Los Angeles are seemingly very different from each other, and yet, in David Kapp's paintings, both worlds shimmer with buildings and cars, bicycles and pedestrians, all moving in a vibrant juxtaposition of color. Kapp paints an illusion of experience; his paintings are representational and graphic with the primary focus being a description of movement though space. In today's world, so much of life is organized by our car culture. City streets are still populated by pedestrians and cyclists, but it is the car that determines the structure and design of many of today's cities. Kapp paints pedestrians, trains and the automotive ribbons of energy; it is this pictorial movement through space that expresses the pulse of life in the City.

The paintings can be seen as portraits of our time particularly because of our fascination with the car culture. Kapp records a moment in the rush of the city and creates the feeling of speed with the velocity of his brushstrokes. It's as if he draws us into a chaotic world and makes order of it by suspending the ceaseless activity of commerce and urban life. Cars and buildings become abstract marks of color on a distant plane making us wonder what processional we are witnessing. Whether it is the exodus of the commuters at the end of the day or the randomness of a pedestrian crossing, Kapp captures the energy of life in New York and Los Angeles with a simplicity that allows us to participate in the dynamics of urban complexity.

Michael Petry

Hailing from El Paso, Texas, Michael Petry has made London his home for the past three decades. As Director of MOCA London, and the author and editor of several books on contemporary art practice, Michael is a spokesperson for redefining the boundaries between artist and artisan. This is the focus of his latest book, The Art of Not Making, The New Artist/Artisan Relationship. Artists have a long history of using apprentices and artisans in their studios that would produce paintings and sculptures. This tradition is celebrated in Petry's book - he uses glass artisans from Murano, Italy when producing his installations.

This exhibition of glass sculptures includes a field of glass orbs entitled Joshua D's Wall, the True Love Series, silver objects filled with clear glass, as well as knotted string compositions. Joshua D's Wall alludes to the biblical story of Joshua and the crumbling walls of Jericho. The glass stones resemble the boulders from the crumbling walls that have been scattered in the fall. Petry finds neo-classical vintage silver objects in thrift shops and market stalls and fills them with molten glass to produce objects with overflowing associations of love, memory, passion and desire. These silver objects are part of Petry's True Love Series which were originally shown at Sir John Soane's Museum in London. Petry is the only artist to receive an artist-in-residence award at this prestigious architecture museum. The String compositions include Memory String II, a length of rope with five large blown green glass beads. Knots separate the beads, representing the passing of time, perhaps a forget-me-not or a memory.

For further information, please contact:
Meg Hachmann, Special Project Coordinator, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
505-982-8111, x1014; megh@zanebennettgallery.com

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