"Conundrum" - Randi Matushevitz Solo Painting Exhibit
March 17th-April 20th, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, March 17th, 6-9 p.m.
LAAA | Gallery 825
825 N. La Cienaga Blvd., CA 90069
Randi Matushevitz’s unmasked expressionism
(Los Angeles, California) – Gallery 825 is pleased to present a solo exhibit with L.A.-based artist Randi Matushevitz whose works on canvas deliver an unmasked view of humanity within our current socio-political climate. Matushevitz’s themes of social inequities seen from the point of view of the homeless and technologically-mobile paint a stark portrait of humanity.
Matushevitz further draws upon contrasts materially, through dense networks of mark-making, stenciling, spray-painting, and traditional painting in oil and acrylic. The works’ charged positive and negative spaces illuminate her subjects conflating tender vulnerability with violence and dislocation.
Matushevitz draws upon and resonates with the aesthetics of German Expressionism whose adopters reacted to the rise of academic art, nationalism, and militarism leading up to, and during World War I. Expressionism’s narratives advanced humanistic ideas of social displacement, alienation, urbanization and eschewed formal conventions of Impressionism and academic art. In her 2017 essay Expressive Intensity, writer Betty Ann Brown articulated Matushevitz’s art, as an essential expression of the “…the human condition, our quest for connectivity, and the pain we all suffer in this earthly existence.” In Shana Nys Dambrot’s essay Conundrum, the writer distills the blurring line between life and death in Matushevitz’s work, “the epic sagas are embodied in the panoramic spaces, the conflation of planes of topography and existence, so that the living and the dead are shown side-by-side, veils between levels of existence having been removed, while all manner of signified experiences are being added.”
The public is invited to attend Matushevitz’s opening reception on Saturday, March 17th, 6-9 p.m. where the artist will be on hand to discuss her techniques and questions.
Matushevitz grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned her BA from California State University Northridge and her MFA in Painting from the University of Miami. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. Recent solo exhibitions include “Conundrum” 825 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018), Randi Matushevitz, stARTup Art Fair LA, Los Angeles, CA (2017), Mysterious, Dorit Center for the Arts, Hillel, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (2016),