Randi Matushevitz’s Conundrum at LAAA/Gallery 825
Conundrum Solo Exhibit
March 17th-April 20th, 2018 Opening reception: Saturday, March 17th, 6-9 p.m.
LAAA | Gallery 825 825 N. La Cienaga Blvd., CA 90069 Ph. 310.652.8272
Randi Matushevitz’s unmasked expressionism
(Los Angeles, California) – Gallery 825 is pleased to present a solo exhibit with L.A.-based artist Randi Matushevitz whose works on canvas deliver an unmasked view of humanity within our current socio-political climate. Matushevitz’s themes of social inequities seen from the point of view of the homeless and technologically-mobile paint a stark portrait of humanity.
Matushevitz further draws upon contrasts materially, through dense networks of markmaking, stenciling, spray-painting, and traditional painting in oil and acrylic. The works’ charged positive and negative spaces illuminate her subjects conflating tender vulnerability with violence and dislocation.
Matushevitz draws upon and resonates with the aesthetics of German Expressionism whose adopters reacted to the rise of academic art, nationalism, and militarism leading up to, and during World War I. Expressionism’s narratives advanced humanistic ideas of social displacement, alienation, urbanization and eschewed formal conventions of Impressionism and academic art. In her 2017 essay Expressive Intensity, writer Betty Ann Brown articulated in Matushevitz’s art, an essential expression of the “…the human condition, our quest for connectivity, and the pain we all suffer in this earthly existence.”
The public is invited to attend Matushevitz’s opening reception on Sunday, March 17th, 6-9 p.m. where the artist will be on hand to discuss her techniques and questions.