PR: ...Very much invested in the alchemical and supernatural experience of the act and viewing of painting, Chris Vasell is following multiple, circuitous paths through psychedelia, figuration, abstraction, and painting’s own history.
To The People of Los Angeles is a trio of works in which Vasell employs grand scale and low threshold radiance. Emanating interwoven concentric circles are overlaid with a systematic grid of collaged, raw canvas squares. Here canvas doubles as ground and medium to construct a topographical map both conceptually and literally of surface. In To The People of Alhambra, Vasell utilizes grid distortion and subtle grayscale shifts. This manipulation of surface further complicates the work, sometimes in a very visceral way...
July 2 - August 22, 2009
Blum & Poe