MARK MOORE GALLERY presents Zemer Peled & Mark Bennett
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Zemer Peled, Never Looking Back, 2016
Porcelain shards, ceramic, wooden base
58 x 30 x 30 inches
Saturday, September 10, 6:00-8:00 PM
On View Through:
October 29, 2016
Mark Moore Gallery is proud to present Nomad, by Israeli born artist Zemer Peled. This marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Featuring large-scale sculptures and smaller objects, the exhibition highlights Peled’s labor-intensive process that bridges narrative and formalist elements. Peled utilizes a process of creation and destruction to make sculptures consisting of thousands of handcrafted porcelain shards resulting in works that can be read in relation to art historical tradition, outsider art, and natural phenomena.
The sculpture’s narrative impulses lean to encounters with the otherworldly—like complex topiaries marking a not-so-distant land--yet they remain distinctly tied to earth’s patterns. This conflation of the foreign and familiar creates a frenzied dislocation in the work. Inspired by migratory habits of birds, a sweep of feathers, and cycles of change, the works spiral outwardly in rhythmic patterns, interpreting not only the dynamism of nature, but also the startling strangeness of a life lived in transition.
Using white and colored porcelains, Peled transforms sharp slivers of porcelain into feathers, petals, leaves, and spines that describe objects of unknowable origins: seductive but untrustworthy. The forms are complexly ordered from the inside out, often bulging or spilling over with textures both delicate and severe. In some works, large scale-like ceramic pieces appear airy, delicate, and fluffy, as if one's breath might break it. In others, Peled's fragments are geometric barbs that mysteriously take on an alluring form - offering a sense of softness despite a sharp actuality. The forms are never static; the visual dance of sharp ceramic parts conveys a sense of constant movement. Like a murmuration of starlings, the sculptures appear to shift shapes as you move around them, an identity becoming and unbecoming in front of you.
The act of making for Peled is a feat of endurance, improvisation, and adaptation with the aim to embody a fleeting but fundamental feeling of mystery. The construction of her sculpture parallels negotiations any outsider makes in encountering a new world as they delicately construct a self that is both adaptable and resilient.
Concurrently in Gallery Two, the gallery is pleased to present Family Tree, a solo show of new works by Mark Bennett. This will be Bennett’s first solo show since 2005.
For the past 20 years, Tennessee-based artist Mark Bennett has made art firmly rooted in the collective American experience of television. His drawings and lithographs are "blueprints" of famous television houses from such classic sitcoms as I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch. Drawing these fictional dwellings from memory, Bennett documents the minutiae of the characters' lives by constructing their environments with a painstaking level of detail.
For this exhibition, Bennett continues his exploration of floor plans and includes new family tree drawings, painstakingly charting Hollywood romances, both known and unknown. Passionately researching every relationship before incorporating it into the artwork, Bennett creates drawings that are a radical mix of deft information science, tabloid gossip fodder, and insight into the American psyche as he reflects on the idealized and stereotyped notions of American life as perpetuated by mass culture.
Born in 1956 in Chattanooga, the artist was a self-described "television addict" as a youth, watching and re-watching episodes until he had memorized the details of more than 45 situation comedies.
Unlike American Pop artists of the 1960s such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, who appropriated images from mass media as subjects for their work, Bennett has reconstructed spaces, and lives that were intended only to flicker on the screen.
Mark Bennett's (b. 1956, Tennessee) Since his induction into the gallery in 1995, Bennett has been included in over three dozen significant museum and group exhibitions, including those at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (D.C.), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (CT), Walker Art Center (MN) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA). His work has been acquired for the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Corcoran Gallery of Art (DC), West Collection (PA), and the Portland Art Museum (OR), among others. Earning reverence from both critics and collectors alike, Bennett has been coined a master of nostalgia and social evaluation, acting as "the most earnest of his generation of West Coast artists drawing on popular culture" (Grady T. Turner, Art in America).
Peled (b. 1983) was born and raised in a Kibbutz in the northern part of Israel. After completing her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Jerusalem), she earned her MA at the Royal College of Art (UK). In recent years, her work has been exhibited internationally, including such venues as Sotheby's and Saatchi Gallery (London), Eretz Israel Museum (Tel Aviv), and the Orangerie du Senate (Paris), among others. The artist currently lives and works in Long Beach, CA.
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