|Exhibition:||Douglas C. Bloom, Museum Lovers|
|Dates:||21 January, 2017 through 04 March, 2017|
|Reception:||Saturday, 21 January, 2017 — 4-6|
|Location:||Ruth Bachofner Gallery|
2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite G2
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present Museum Lovers, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Douglas C. Bloom. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, January 21, 4-6 PM.
Throughout his career, Douglas C. Bloom has set his painterly focus on the world around him. Through his work, whether he is painting nature, people or landscapes, Bloom actively considers his subject within its context and gleans meaning from that interaction. His paintings do not simply depict a moment, but act as portraits of both a psychological space and the physical process of painting.
For this exhibition, Bloom brings together a series of paintings showing people within gallery and museum spaces. As with his landscape paintings, these works meld his observations of his surroundings with painterly and hard-edge interventions. The compositions dramatize the effects of light and atmospheric experience, while the blurred imagery evokes a particular emotional atmosphere. Light is dramatically altered and fractured, bringing the paintings into the realm of abstraction, thereby heightening the psychological spaces of the paintings.
“My Museum Lovers series is an investigation into the micro-climate art world,” Bloom says, It calls into question the way artwork functions as a subset of society and how it is considered and viewed by visitors, artists, gallerists, and collectors. The idea that viewers are looking at an image of others viewing artwork transcends the separate experiences and brings the acts together in a familiar moment. Separated from reality, the art space is free to materialize and dissolve simultaneously. This interchangeability combined with the art world mystique reveals a distorted place filled with motion and activity.”