Exhibition Preview: Keep Out the Light – Richard Colman

New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles
22nd May – 3rd July 2010

by Guy Sangster Adams

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Through intricate, geometric, and day-glo landscapes, façades of surreal stage scenery or mazes, and artefacts, the subjects of Richard Colman’s paintings in Keep Out the Light, including headless bears, naked people, and disembodied heads, stand, as though frozen on stage, caught in the spotlight, in suspended anticipation of what will come next, but never offered the release of finding out. Whilst the geometry and colours around them coalesce and interplay to reveal occult symbols, silhouettes, piles of viscera, and a plethora of imagery and iconography. Violence and ecstasy, the  sinister and the comical, the beautiful and the claustrophobic, collide as Colman depicts “the struggles of the architect working ‘behind the scenes’ of the elaborate.”

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Indian miniatures, Byzantine art, and Islamic tiles and mosaics, have all inspired Colman’s work for the exhibition, which features new paintings, sculptures, and site specific installations, including a space via which visitors are able to “step into the art and explore and experience the landscape of Keep Out the Light.”

Keep Out the Light – Richard Colman runs 22nd May to 3rd July 2010
at New Image Art Gallery, 7908 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA  90046
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm to 6pm

Links
Richard Colman: www.richardcolmanart.com
New Image Art Gallery: www.newimageartgallery.com

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