Robert Nelson | Dialogs with the Future, Solo Exhibition Opens October 20th

Robert Nelson | Dialogs with the Future, Solo Exhibition Opens October 20th

 

Robert Nelson
“Dialogs with the Future”

Opening Reception October 20th 6-9pm

Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles Ca 90069
https://www.laaa.org/

https://www.robertnelsonart.com/

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Los Angeles Art Association is pleased to present Dialogs with the Future an exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles based artist Robert Nelson.

Robert Nelson’s hyper-real/surreal works are concerned with dichotomies: innocence/corruption, the infinite/the finite, past/future, good/evil. His works are bombastic examples of an artist who is at ease layering wide areas of flat color with illustrative drawing that shows-off his technical skills and knowledge of the history of art.

In a recent series entitled Dialogs with the Future he juxtaposes images culled from different sources to explore the relationship between the world today and an imagined future. Each panel consists of a sequence of realistically rendered interlocking “thought bubbles” portraying the characters in his invented narrative against a black ground. He begins by outlining simple shapes in bright bold colors that are then filled in by patterns and silhouettes and later drawn upon in an illustrative style.

Using elements from art history and popular culture he fuses the serious with the humorous creating evocative, challenging and sometimes disturbing works. In Dialogs with the Future 4, a rendering of an enlarged Venus of Willendorf sits on a children’s pool floater in the shape of a friendly sea monster, floating in a sea of green dots. This thought bubble emanates from a blue angel adjacent to an image of a wooden airplane that hovers above a brown planet. From the toy pilot comes another thought bubble in which two Putti aim arrows toward the blow-up sea animal.

Each of the five works that comprise Nelson’s Dialogs with the Future are equally full of uncanny juxtapositions of unrelated elements that create compelling narratives that intertwine elements of good and evil. Nelson’s world view is presented as a series of fragments that the viewer can connect in their mind, arriving at their own conclusions. His paintings are catalysts for thought about how the past influenced the present, and how the present can challenge and hopefully change the future.

Nelson studied Fine Art/Studio Art in college. Before finishing college, he joined the US Navy from which he retired. After the Navy he attended Platt College in San Diego where he studied Graphic Design and Multimedia Design. He worked as a Graphic Designer for over fifteen years and for the last eight has been working seriously as an artist. His works have been included in exhibitions since 2008 in San Diego and Los Angeles. Among the galleries where he has exhibited are The Los Angeles Art Association / Gallery 825, Los Angeles (2015, 2014, 2013), Southwest College Art Gallery, Chula Vista (2016), Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa (2015), Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica (2008).

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Los Angeles Art Association is located at:
825 N. La Cienaga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
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Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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