San Francisco Exhibitions. Altman Siegel. Laeh Glenn. Ordinary Objects. January 9 – March 1, 2014. Opening January 9, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Altman Siegel is pleased to present its first solo show with Los Angeles based painter Laeh Glenn.
Laeh Glenn presents a series of paintings unified in size and materials but unique in the formal concerns they address. Engaging with Surrealism, illusionistic space, geometric abstraction, still-life and Minimalism, Glenn’s work directly addresses the traditions and formal tropes of painting with a nuanced awareness of contemporary culture’s excess of and accessibility to images.
If language can be seen as a construction – a combination of individual parts that create varied meaning, Glenn approaches her paintings in a similar fashion, by flattening and unifying genres and formal precedents, re-arranging them and creating new meaning with familiar vocabularies. Her choice of arrangement is a study in semantics; while each painting is an individual work, the tone, understanding and semiotic associations of each picture change according to proximity and placement.
The paintings range from minimal, sculptural monochromes to more rendered, representational work. Enclosed completely or partially by simple black frames, each composition extends beyond the edge of the painting and activates the site of exhibition, the architecture of the gallery but also the relationship between each discrete work.
Laeh Glenn lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her B.F.A. from California College of the Arts in 2008 and her M.F.A. from UCLA in 2012. She has been in several exhibitions including, “Made in Space,” curated by Laura Owens and Peter Harawik, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Venus Over Manhattan, New York; “Territory: Week 5,” Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles; “Spectrum Suite,” Nicelle Beauchene, New York; “The Fishes” Laeh Glenn and Owen Kydd, CSA Space, Vancouver; and “Formwandler” Richard Telles, Los Angeles.