San Francisco Exhibitions. Peter Alexander. The Color of Light. May 3 – July 3, 2014. Reception for the artist: Saturday, May 3, 4–6 pm. Brian Gross Fine Art
Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of cast resin sculptures by veteran Los Angeles artist, Peter Alexander. Renowned for his paintings, sculptures and installations concerning the properties of light and color, Alexander continues this exploration in an ongoing series of cast urethane wall-sculptures and freestanding works. Using this medium, Alexander produces a subtle luminosity of palpable atmospheres within 2D and 3D forms. Alexander is associated with the Light and Space artists active in Los Angeles from the late 1960s to the present. The Color of Lightwill be on view through July 3, 2014.
Moved by the translucent appearance of water on the shore, Alexander aims to capture at once both the incredible saturation of color and its dissipation, which is epitomized in his Drip series by a rich concentration of hue gently tapering to a sheer edge. As these objects fade in color and depth, they merge with their surroundings and become transformative. They are equally opaque and transparent, simultaneously absorbing light and reflecting it. Alexander presents various shapes, colors, and volumes, yielding endless possibilities of shadow and illumination within and around the pieces.
After working from 1965 to 1972 with polyester resin, Alexander turned to painting, creating his acclaimed “exploding sunsets” and the LAX series, which captured the night grid of the city’s lights. Continuing to investigate the manifestations of light in paintings, drawings, and prints, Alexander returned to sculpture in 2009 with a shift to urethane. This new material provided a distinct clarity and intensity of color. Alexander pursued the aspects of color and its emotional effect; why we have favorites and what influences these preferences. Alexander explains, “All of a sudden there was a discovery of the significance and ambiguity of color and what color can elicit. This was a wonderful material for me to exercise those feelings.”
Peter Alexander was born in Los Angeles in 1939. He received his BFA and MFA from the University of California, at Los Angeles. He was included in the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, Phenomenal: California Light and Space andPacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1945-1970, sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad and can be found in numerous public collections, including: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Fort Worth Art Museum, Texas; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Vancouver Museum of Art, British Columbia, Canada. This is Peter Alexander’s eighth exhibition with Brian Gross Fine Art.