ANDREW SCHOULTZ: Loud and Quiet

Andrew Schoultz: Loud and Quiet

December 2 – January 13, 2007

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Loud and Quiet, a solo exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Andrew Schoultz. The exhibition will run from December 2nd, 2006 thru January 13th, 2007. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday December 2nd from 6pm-9pm.

In his first solo exhibition at Taylor De Cordoba, Schoultz presents a new series of drawings and paintings. Through the use of unexpected visual combinations, he critiques environmental crisis, economic inequity, war and political corruption. Schoultz takes cues from graffiti, folk art, medieval manuscripts and American currency to create his kinetic style.

In Loud and Quiet, Schoultz makes comparisons that immediately impress viewers with their dynamism and vitality, and on closer inspection offer a rich lexicon of enigmatic symbols: a horse gallops into the sky holding a decorated flag and carrying a tree with amputated limbs, a boat shaped like a house with an oversized telephone pole for a mast shoots rays and arrows, twisted birdhouses spiral into one another. Meticulous detailing, such as the ocean’s surging waves and the horse’s muscular legs, heightens the tension and sense of movement.  It is with this visual energy and layers of detailing that Schoultz delivers poignant commentary about the relationship between man and nature as well as the effects of globalization and capitalism in today’s world.

Andrew Schoultz is the recipient of numerous awards and grants for his public mural works, which can be seen in San Francisco, California, Portland, Maine and Jakarta, Indonesia. He has recently exhibited at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, and Morgan Lehman Gallery. Recent publications of his work include Art Week, Juxtapoz, San Francisco Weekly, Alarm, Nero Magazine, McSweeney’s, and Dan’s Papers. In October, he will release a book titled Ulysses: Departures, Journeys and Returns, published by Paper Museum Press.

JEANA SOHN: I’m Just Pretending

Jeana Sohn: I’m Just Pretending

October 21 – November 22, 2006

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present I’m Just Pretending, a new series of paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Jeana Sohn.  The exhibition will run from October 21 – November 22, 2006.  The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday October 21 from 6-9PM.

Drawing upon childhood memories, dreams and her imagination, Jeana Sohn paints a surreal world where anything is possible. Among the scenes she depicts are a sleeping girl holding a string tied to the foot of a flying goose, a partially submerged boy and girl surrounded by giant moths, and a naked girl releasing a flurry of gold, blue and gray diamonds from her fingertips amidst a school of sharks.

Applying gouache and ink to woodblocks, veneer and wooden eggs, Sohn pays careful attention to the medium.  In particular, her works on veneer utilize the imperfections in the wood and the patterns in the grain as a background. The dark wood is a perfect complement to both her subjects and her palette of pale blues, vivid purples and muted grays and browns.

While sometimes layered and detailed, Sohn primarily reduces her images to silhouettes and background. Her two-dimensional approach to drawing allows her to strip away all unnecessary information. Though her style evokes the appearance of children’s book illustrations, something darker underlies the obvious loveliness and simplicity. The viewer is left to decipher these visual puzzles and find their own meaning.

FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: last night, after the lights went off, we fell

Frohawk Two Feathers: last night, after the lights went out, we fell

September 9 – October 14, 2006

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present last night, after the lights went out, we fell, a new group of paintings and a series of printed woodblocks by Los Angeles based artist, Frohawk Two Feathers. The exhibition will run from September 9 – October 7, 2006. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday September 9 from 6-9PM.

In this body of work, Frohawk demonstrates his skills as a master storyteller with a modern take on the age-old themes of colonialism, imperialism and conquest. By use of paint and xerographic transfers on wood he creates a wartime narrative starring an imagined cast of characters. Set in both the Arctic Tundra and “Frengland,” the unified region of French and England, his cast is complete with the self-appointed Emperor “Franchise”; the love interest and Haitian slave, “Josephine”; their son “Nancy,” the troubled heir to the throne; and the indigenous Eskimos who are under attack. The clash of civilizations takes on a humorous tone with stylized cartoonish depictions of these obsessive emperors, ruthless conquistadors and natives determined to defeat the invaders at all costs. Despite the sardonic and colloquial nature of the imagery and text, Frohawk’s work fits into a pre-existing and historical dialogue about war.

KYLE FIELD: There Are Two Eyes in Daetime

Kyle Field : There Are Two Eyes in Daetime

July 1 – August 12, 2006

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present There Are Two Eyes in Daetime, a new body of work by the musician and traveling artist, Kyle Field.  The exhibition will run from July 1 – August 12, 2006.  The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday July 1 from 6-9PM.

Kyle Field’s world on paper is composed of images both familiar and utterly abstract.  Organic shapes coexist with primal figures in an expanding island of lines. His palette of deep browns, rich ochres, light pinks, sky blues, and emerald greens floats within a graphic network of pen and ink.  Sometimes we’ll see an amalgamation of images; abstract trees, faces, and shapes of nothingness, each emptying into the next. Everything seamlessly connects, implying a harmonious balance amidst imagery that is both elegant yet chaotic.  Field’s narratives lack a beginning, middle or end. They are simultaneously ordinary and utterly fantastical.  Is this a forest or is this Emerald City?  Are we on the beach or within a Candyland board?   It is most likely because Field himself is a wandering poet and highly talented musician (he is at the helm of the group Little Wings) that he is able to create worlds of such beauty that feel so completely of the moment.  There is nothing our eyes would rather feast on than the confections created by Kyle Field.

GROUP SHOW

First Group Show

May 20 – June 24, 2006

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present the gallery’s first annual Group Show, featuring a selection of work by nine artists, both local and national. The exhibition will run from May 20 – June 24, 2006. The gallery will host a reception for the artists on Saturday May 20th from 6-9PM.

This show includes works by nine artists: some share similarities either stylistically or thematically while others have no overlapping characteristics. The nine artists form a group; a group conceptualized based upon the wit, intelligence, freshness and beauty of each participant’s approach to his or her craft. Thus the theme emerges: incredible young artists at various states of emergence.

Paintings by Chris Barnard
Photographs by Alex de Cordoba
Paintings by Jim Gaylord
Paintings by Matt Haber
Mixed media photo collages by Mike Hernandez
Watercolors and a vending machine by Sara Hunsucker
Paintings by Annie Lapin
Cut Paper by Chris Natrop
Paintings by Andrew Schoutlz

RYAN CALLIS: How It Feels To Be Something On

Ryan Callis: HOW IT FEELS TO BE SOMETHING ON

April 15th-May 13th, 2006

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present HOW IT FEELS TO BE SOMETHING ON, the latest body of work by Los Angeles based painter, Ryan Callis. HOW IT FEELS TO BE SOMETHING ON marks the inaugural exhibition for Taylor De Cordoba, a contemporary art gallery in Culver City.  The exhibition will run from April 15 – May 13, 2006.  The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday April 15th from 6-9PM.

Ryan Callis is hyper-aware of how it feels to be alive.  This awareness is deeply present in his new group of paintings.  Here he explores themes of isolation, human contact, and communication; specifically the way in which those issues relate to life in Los Angeles and its? neighboring suburbs.  He approaches these hefty concepts and infuses them with a palpable vibrancy.  The result is a group of paintings that is both contemplative and a great deal of fun to look at.

The interconnectedness of psychology and art motivates Callis to create his mixed-media paintings.  His interest in the brain, especially the cognitive development of his five-month old daughter, governs much of his project.  He paints with her in mind, focusing on moral lessons and color palates that will appeal to her.  In our current excess-based world, Callis attempts to slow down and filter thru, contemplating a beautiful and discerning view of our human condition.  His work inspires viewers to do the same.

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