@Luis de Jesus Los Angeles
Jan. 5th -Feb. 9th,
2685 S LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90034
The current exhibition "Points of Entry," a solo exhibition by LA artist MartinDurazo at Luis de Jesus in Culver City, Los Angeles, stimulates the senses ina high-art-meets-hessian-smoke-den vein that demonstrates where the artist iscoming from and how far he can take it.
The aptly titled exhibition "Points of Entry" includes a series of several large-scale (ranging from 9 ft x 6 ft. to 9 ft x 12 ft.) acrylic paintings and a black boxconstructed installation room where viewers can literally find a point of entry intothe world of the paintings and get immersed in their pigment and energy.
This constructed black light filled installation, of which the show is titled after, spills its incense smoke and fringe classic playlist out into the white cube of thegallery. Once inside, viewers find themselves in a pulsing, smoke filled, neoncolored cave fully festooned with black lights, LED lighting effects and garage-party paraphernalia including bean bag chairs, lava lamps, fetish gear, waterbongs and a smaller version of one of Durazo's paintings found on the whitewalls of the gallery.
After emerging from this installation, which feels a bit like falling down the best possible dreamscape rabbit hole, the two-dimensional works in this exhibitiontake on a different life. With titles ranging from "Slayer" to "Post Punk" theabstract pieces come alive with Richter-esque sweeping neon, metallic andblack swaths of color, reminiscent of rock concert posters. Technically takingnods from the continuum of modern abstract painting, Durazo takes these works further, infusing them with his fringe-culture influence, and a neon grittiness that feels fully LA.
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