“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... Carroll Dunham opens at Blum and Poe Los Angeles

“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.

Badir Mccleary

Art Journalist. Documentarian. Co-Owner of Gallery 38 in Los Angeles. Master of Art in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art. Drucker School of Management. Art enthusiast looking to become your favorite curator, consultant and director.

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