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March 24, 2017

REVIEW: BRITTON TOLLIVER: "POWDERED TOAST"

Just around the corner at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles they are showing Britton Tolliver’s “Powdered Toast” through March 25. The back room is filled with Tolliver’s abstract, brightly hued, medium -format works.

Tollivers’ new paintings still begin with a “Grid Base” seen in older works. That is to say the base layer of the paintings are a network of intersecting tile-like surfaces separated by paint grout that meet at either perpendicular planes or at varied angles.   more

Some take on the look of traditional terra-cotta tiles and others are multi-colored paintings in themselves. [ READ MORE ]

March 23, 2017

Federico Solmi featured in Robert Ayers' Resistance Project "Artists Speak Out"

Federico Solmi was one of the standout artists at this year’s Armory Week in New York. In my review for Ocula.com, I called his Volta show in the Luis De Jesus Los Angeles booth “particularly striking”. In fact his was the only work at Volta that I discussed at any length.

Federico’s videos are made with a mind-boggling array of media from drawing and painting through 3D animation, video-game technologies, and kinetic technology.   more

More to the point they engage with the worst aspects of contemporary societies, their histories, and the politics they have put in place or found themselves saddled with. Corruption, vanity, greed, dishonesty, and downright evil are his recurrent subjects. Though this may all sound rather depressing, Federico manages to concoct out of this material work that is at once alarming and bizarrely entertaining. [ READ MORE ]

March 10, 2017

ON VIEW: Forays into Abstract Painting - REVIEW OF BRITTON TOLLIVER: "POWDERED TOAST"

The grid is a motif repeatedly explored by Los Angeles-based painter Britton Tolliver, created in reverse through a process of masking and layering multiple coats of paint. In recent series, the modernist idiom provided an underlying structure to the artist’s gestural interruptions scraped across the surface. In his current work, the discipline of his former strategies is something for the artist to react against.   more



The artist’s handling of material shows increased bravura: thickly applied paint clots and congeals, the vertical grid tilts and retracts from the edge of the picture plane, and color harmonies, once lyrical, grow confrontational, showing a raucous disregard for proper color theory. Collectively, the show buzzes with the frenetic energy of 1980s video arcade.

By MOLLY ENHOLM
Britton Tolliver, “Powdered Toast”
at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Through March 25, 2017 

March 09, 2017

Ocula Report / Armory Week 2017: The satellite fairs - Federico Solmi at volta

To say that this year's Armory Week satellite fairs were all over the map would be true in both a geographical and metaphorical sense. From Volta (immediately next door to the Armory Show on Pier 90) to Art on Paper (a mile's walk from the East Broadway subway station), not to mention the six others in between, anyone trying to see everything would have worn out a good bit of shoe leather. [ READ MORE ]

March 08, 2017

federico solmi feature in: "5 Artists From Around The Globe Who Wowed Us At The VOLTA NY Art Show"

To say the VOLTA NY art show was a sensory overload would be an understatement.

The show, which celebrated its first decade's anniversary with the theme "Ten Years of Solo Focus," featured 96 galleries and artist-run spaces across five continents, 46 cities, and 38 nations. If that's not enough to leave you stunned, the beautiful and diverse collections exhibited definitely would. [ READ MORE ]

March 03, 2017

Federico solmi featured in: "At Volta and Nada fairs, two takes on politics"

The effects of fractured political systems are looming themes at Armory week satellite fairs geared toward younger dealers and artists. At Volta, running 1-5 March at Pier 90, the centerpiece is a curated section, organised by the Brooklyn-based curator Wendy Vogel.   more

Titled Your Body is a Battleground after the famous Barbara Kruger photomontage, created on the occasion of the 1989 Women’s March on Washington, the mini-exhibition comprises works by eight artists dealing with the idea of resistance, including a colossal installation titled PATRIOT (2017) by the Kentucky-based artist Melissa Vandenberg that spells out its title with sewn and stuffed surplus military fabric.  [ READ MORE ]

March 03, 2017

ARTFORUM CRITICS' PICK: Ken Gonzales-Day, MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, January 19–April 16

For more than a decade, Ken Gonzales-Day has been exploring the history of racialized violence in America, creating several bodies of work that are brought together for the first time in this exhibition. Cumulatively, his work is a powerful and complex statement that challenges what we thought we knew about this country’s great dilemma. The Los Angeles–based artist has extensively researched lynchings in California, where Mexican Americans and Asian Americans were widely targeted during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  [ READ MORE ]

March 03, 2017

INSTAGRAM: FEDERICO SOLMI AT VOLTA

hyperallergic@luisdejesuslosangeles's curtained booth of animations by @federico_solmi at @voltashow (📷 @jilnotjill) [ SEE MORE ]

March 02, 2017

FEDERICO SOLMI FEATURED IN: "Catch These Breakout Stars at the VOLTA Fair"

At the 10th anniversary of VOLTA NY, which kicked off on Wednesday, up-and-coming artists dig into subjects like cultural diversity and immigration, and even Donald Trump’s supposed sex practices, keeping the messages up to the moment. As per the norm, all 96 exhibitors were asked to showcase the work of just one or two artists, making it all the easier to cherrypick the fair’s break-out stars. ...In a way, Trump bookends the fairs, with Golden Showers playing outside the VIP tent at the end of the pier.   more

Just beyond the entrance, meanwhile, is Federico Solmi’s work, in which two animated clips in elaborate frames, set against a backdrop of red satin curtains, show the new president arriving at a grand palace. [ READ MORE ]

March 01, 2017

review: KEN GONZALES-DAY: SHADOWLANDS, MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

In 2001, Ken Gonzales-Day set out to write a book on Latino portraiture in 19th- and 20th- century California; his research led to his discovery of dozens of images and written records of lynching, and, ultimately, to his 2006 book Lynching in the West, 1850-1935. On view through April 16 at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Shadowlands, which grew out of this publication, comprises his own photographs, archival images, books, and ephemera.   more

All of this material, along with his photographs about this country’s recent racial violence, deftly compresses history and raises questions about our historic construction of race. [ READ MORE ]