Beginning September 19, 2015, Maccarone will present “Basic Perversions,” an exhibition of new paintings by Alex Hubbard. Comprising over a dozen works in pigmented urethane, resin, and fiberglass, this exhibition inaugurates the gallery’s new 50,000-square-foot West Coast complex at 330 South Mission Road in the Downtown L.A. Arts District.
Hubbard’s third solo exhibition with Maccarone, “Basic Perversions” will remain on view through December 20, 2015.
Alex Hubbard’s paintings provide a counterpoint to his video works exploring painting as performance. In the large suite of new works on view at Maccarone Los Angeles, Hubbard’s viscous, richly colored industrial materials are layered and reconstituted in compositions that advance the act of painting by challenging its formal figure-ground language. Hubbard pours pigmented urethane, resin, and fiberglass to create translucent planes atop casts of stretcher bars. Brightly hued, polychromatic chemical reactions result from the incidentals of quick drying substances that leave no allowance for deliberation. From these vitreous surfaces and the contingent patterns of color they form, Hubbard builds up three-dimensional compositions with vibrant opaque oils and auto-body paint. The resulting paintings are deft amalgams of the calculated strokes of painting and the nature of quick-drying sealants.
Whereas Hubbard’s early urethane pieces functioned as shells of painted surfaces – skeletal stretcher bars supported the optical effects of the translucent pours that transformed as light passed through them – the new freestanding works on view in “Basic Perversions” feature denser surfaces that selectively capture and amplify light depending on the vantage point of the viewer. In bringing the support structures of traditional paintings to the forefront of his works, Hubbard’s latest works elevate the underpinnings of the canvas into the substance of the paintings themselves.
Alex Hubbard. “Basic Pervsions.” September 19 – December 20, 2015. Maccarone Los Angeles 330 South Mission Road. Los Angeles.