Anna Betbeze Exhibit
Francois Ghebaly Gallery – Los Angeles
June 2 – July 7, 2012
Wormholes, Anna Betbeze’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, explores scale, color and material in four new works that engage the gallery’s architectural features. Oscillating between icon and stain, the pieces simultaneously depict real and phenomenological space.
Betbeze uses huge wool slabs as the ground to accumulate a saturation of fluid color. She burns, bleaches, stains, cuts, etches, and machine washes the wool to go beyond its material limits, creating vibrating color expanses. She further transforms the wool by displaying the less desirable, matte under side, elevating the psychedelic tapestry to an epic scale.
Through physicality and the elimination of a traditional canvas, Betbeze explores the act of painting in an expanded field. Wormholes includes her largest works to date, eclipsing the human figure and acting as active architectural membranes. Having no centered subject, the pieces address peripheral vision, tactility and optical blur, borrowing ideas of soft focus from a Baroque sensibility.
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