Susanne Vielmetter

Brad Eberhard

21 Feb - 04 Apr 2015

© Brad Eberhard
Search and Rescue, 2015
Oil and wax on canvas over panel
12" H x 12" W x 1" D
Screen Gems
21 February - 4 April 2015

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to announce Screen Gems, our first solo exhibition with Brad Eberhard in galleries three and four. This exhibition includes 20 intimately scaled paintings; some in frames constructed from found objects, others collaged and sanded.

Eberhard works slowly, building the surfaces of his paintings with innumerable layers, revisions, additions, subtractions, and methods of paint application. All of these erosions and accumulations eventually coalesce into the finished work, leaving only a suggestion of the artists geological process. Eberhards paintings reference the visual and conceptual language of high modernist abstraction. Klee, Ernst, and Johns all make appearances in the fine lines, cobblestone compositions, and constructed presentation of Eberhards new paintings.

As Eberhard works in the studio, archetypal images come and go, narratives emerge and are sublimated back into the all over composition, patterns develop and disappear. The paintings suggest that abstraction is a universal human phenomenon. The paintings combine visual references to the aesthetics from various cultures and moments in history: totems, obelisks, flags, masks, weavings and other cultural evidence of the slippage between symbol and abstraction.

Brad Eberhard lives and works in Los Angeles. He earned his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. Eberhard has had exhibitions at Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY; Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; and the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA.