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SANTA MONICA, Samuel Freeman presents "Summer Drawing Show", July 12 - August 16, 2008 and Piot Brehmer "Landungen Und Maedchen", May 31 - July 5, 2008

 
 

PIOT BREHMER REMOVES CONTEXT, AMPLIFIES FRICTION
IN "LANDUNGEN UND MAEDCHEN"
MAY 31 - JULY 5, 2008, AT SAMUEL FREEMAN

"Summer Drawing Show" Challenges Artists to Arrive at Personal Definition of the Genre, July 12 - August 16, 2008

Piot Brehmer - Landungen und Maedchen
On May 31, 2008, German artist Piot Brehmer debuts a series of new work, "Landungen und Maedchen" at Samuel Freeman, formerly the Patricia Faure Gallery. Brehmer's oil on canvas "Maedchen" pieces are realistic portraits of young women, and are rather straightforward on the surface. Something, however, is amiss. These paintings, abstracted from found photographs, lack a certain specificity to them; his models have a certain subtle vagueness of expression and gaze. The effect is both unsettling and intriguing. In these diminutive portraits, Brehmer's scale and technique remove the barriers of personal space, inviting viewers to explore the psychological narrative suspended before them. Brehmer's brushstrokes create a sort of third generation detachment, blurring age and sexuality, eliminating identity and, in their place, painting a new narrative by removing any semblance of the original image's context.

Brehemer's method isn't just reserved for women. In his "Landungen" series, the artist inverts his intimate scale into a massive abstraction of an already abstracted space. Landing strips are specifically the space in between things. They represent the arrival and departure points for travel and adventure, dismay and dread, longing and hope. Standing in front of Brehmer's "Landungen" paintings, the viewer is caught in the holding pattern, awaiting his or her own arrival, suspended mid-flight, making a literal translation of the ambiguity and detachment of the Maedchen paintings. Lights are blurred, doubled and tripled, lines are skewed, and explicit three-dimensional geographies are reduced to a two-dimensional darkness dotted by singular, colored points. As in his depiction of human subjects, context is again lost and in its place is a surface of tension. With Brehmer's "Landungen" works, the viewer is thrust into the seats of a plane spinning ever closer toward an indiscernible horizon.

Piot Brehemer's "Landungen und Maedchen" is on view at Samuel Freeman until July 5, 2008.

Summer Drawing Show
For its summer group show (set to open July 12, 2008), Samuel Freeman will exhibit work based on a singular conceit: what does an artist call a drawing? The Summer Drawing Show does not attempt to expand the boundaries of the genre. Rather, it relies on a refreshingly simple single curatorial criterion: all participating artists must personally consider their submitted work a drawing. To that end, the exhibition will feature sculpture, painting, and classical "drawings", ranging in scale and material. Artists include:

John Altoon
Larry Bell
Robert Graham
Craig Kauffman
Blue McRight
Margaret Nielsen
Salomón Huerta
Jonothan Borofsky
Michelle Wiener
Yoshio Ikezaki
Tony DeLap
Kathy Halbower
…and more


WHEN
Piot Brehmer - Landungen und Maedchen
May 31 - June 5, 2008

Breakfast Opening Reception on May 31, 2008,
from 10am to 1pm
Evening Cocktail Reception from 5pm to 7pm

Summer Drawing Show
June 12 - August 16, 2008

WHERE
Samuel Freeman
Begamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave B7
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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