SAVE THE DATE: “Staying Idols” by Drew Merritt at Thinkspace Projects (Project Room) – May 3rd through May 25th
Opening at Thinkspace Projects, in Culver City on Saturday, May 5th is “Slaying Idols,” an exhibition featuring new works by Los Angeles-based artist Drew Merritt. Known for his hyperreal rendering and darkly stylized painting aesthetic, Merritt has created sparse works set against nondescript areas of negative white space. Primarily figurative in focus, Merritt’s pieces rely on intense shadow and regions of
lightlessness to create a feeling of dramatic contrast.
From the exhibition statement: A talented painter and muralist who began his art career as a graffiti artist, Merritt’s compositions often convey a level of human discomfort or unease through figures staged in contorted poses or through imagery posited through slightly distorted vantage points to impress a feeling of visual tension. Often capturing vulnerable or mysterious moments in some larger narrative arc, his works feel ambiguous and poetically saturated. Hoping that his work speaks for itself, Merritt resists the tendency towards excessive explication, preferring that it resonate with the viewer directly unmediated in its delivery
Also on exhibition at Thinkspace Projects is “Strange Tales,” the gallery’s first solo exhibition of new works by Croatian artist and street muralist Lonac. Currently based in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia, Lonac has produced impressive large-scale, site-specific murals across Europe and worldwide, combining photorealistic rendering with illustrative and two-dimensional stylistic elements.
May 4, 2018 – May 25, 2018
LONAC ‘Strange Tales’
Saturday, May 5th (6-9pm)
6009 Washington Blvd, Culver City, California 90232