April 15 - May 20, 2017
Reception: Saturday, April 15, 5-7PM
Alexis Smith used found needlepoint and oil paintings as backdrops for her new collaged objects. The collages are customized to embellish and enrich the contents of the image. The scavenged mementos that constitute Alexis Smith’s working material are sourced from thrift stores, swap meets and her own personal archive. Smith celebrates the narrative inherent in the history surrounding these castoff objects, forming a union between verbal and physical interpretation. For Smith found images, texts, and objects are understood to share a common vocabulary, part conceptual and part physical. Postcards, Chinese take-out fortunes, and children’s toys obscure as well as amplify their new form. A postcard with the text, “You’re like Venus de Milo...beautiful but not all there”, hovers over the woven image of a Barbie ballerina, combined by the artist. In another room, a plastic medieval sword cuts the horizon of a large found landscape painting of the Grand Canal in Venice. The result plays with our romantic and nostalgic notions associated with cultural clichés, provoking common, shared memories. Smith favors nuance over a dictated position, romance over stricture.
Craig Krull Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of wall reliefs and installations by Los Angeles-based artist Greg Colson. Colson’s art is marked by the jarringly direct way he commingles material and conceptual elements. In his constructions, precisely rendered systems are disrupted by the contexts they are placed in. While in many respects abstract, Colson’s works are titled to allude to an inventory of real world activities we humans engage in to get through the day – be it self-reflection (“Yacht Model of Integrity”), swiping right (“New Apple Headquarters”), or recreational drinking (“Pub Crawl”). By drawing out the poetry and humor in our social patterns, Colson seems to suggest there are limits to – and hazards inherent in – our obsession with efficiency, data, and analysis of every kind.
Greg Colson lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including solo exhibitions at Patrick Painter Inc., Los Angeles; Sperone Westwater, New York; Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles; Galleria Cardi, Milan; Konrad Fischer, Dusseldorf; Kunsthalle Lophem, Bruges; Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen; and the Lannan Museum, Lake Worth, FL. His works are in public and private collections internationally including: the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Panza Collection, Varese, Italy; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Sammlung Rosenkranz, Berlin.