“On view are four interconnected bodies of work: A Wrestling Place series—depicting two Herculean figures mid-tussle against a barren panorama; Self-Examination paintings—a wrestler’s intimately folded body represented within a tensely cropped picture plane; the Wrestler suite—individual portraits of the brawling protagonists standing in profile, facing away from the viewer and exposing scuffed, bruised backs against otherworldly blue backdrops; and The Golden Age—scenes rendered in pencil on gessoed linen.
The exhibited paintings offer a vivid and unmistakably voyeuristic perspective of naked, male opponents fighting amidst a recurring scene of a lone tree, a dog as witness, and a bright, yellow sun held in a lavender sky. The brute wrestlers—with their bulbous body parts; stringy, long hair and beards; scraped, rosy skin; brazen orifices and protrusions—are balanced with an intimacy issued by the artist’s tender color palette. Animated tones offer a respite from the unsettling provocations portrayed here in these primitive and erotic acts of masculine struggle.” – Blum and Poe
Blum and Poe is located at 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm. Admission is FREE.