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‘Sensus Oxynation’ at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

“Sensus Oxynation (Moonrise),” 2017, by Mimi Lauter (1982, San Francisco), Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper, Eight parts; Two parts: 87 x 60 inches (221 x 152.4 centimeters), Two parts: 21 7/8 x 94 inches (55.6 x 238.8 centimeters), Two parts: 14 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches (37.5 x 65.4 centimeters), 67 x 117 1/2 inches (170.2 x 298.5 centimeters), 43 1/4 x 34 inches (109.9 x 86.4 centimeters), © Mimi Lauter, Blum & Poe
(Courtesy: Artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo)

Blum & Poe is hosting the gallery’s first solo exhibition titled “Sensus Oxynation” with Los Angeles-based artist Mimi Lauter showcasing a 24-part installation at its Los Angeles venue.

The gallery describes the exhibition stating, “‘Sensus Oxynation’ functions as the interior of a chapel — each wall a grouping of lush, highly chromatic oil and soft-pastel works on paper. These arrangements of layered colors and swirling textures assemble abstracted narratives drawn from subconscious memory, literature, socio-political surroundings, and classical mythology. The results are expansive fields of unfurled myth-making.”

The title of the exhibition lends its concept from the phrase “prison of my senses,” that came to Lauter in a dream which the chapel addresses as a notion to secular relationship to spirituality in painting. A moonrise, a sunrise, and an apocalyptic flood are all depicted in panels in the main gallery, rousing universal allegories that function as would religious parables within the context of a chapel. For each composition, a coating of pastel is applied that is scraped down to create a smooth and viscous surface that will hold the weight and structure of the additional layers.

Lauter continuously explores the tension between drawing and painting, and even sculpture — seen in the meticulous accumulation of marks that yield complex textures and “slow” the work from the pace of a painting to that of a drawing. These repetitive gestures and tactile etchings highlight Lauter’s ability to transcend language and explore the interpretation of narrative through form, abstraction, color and, as Kandinsky would say, “the untouchable.”

Lauter’s “Devotional Landscape” and “Devotional Flower” series are showcased in the adjacent galleries engaging the same vibrant colors which heighten and intensify both the image and light through the use of pastels, a medium comprising almost pure pigment. Her works are influenced by artists such as Odilon Redon, Jean-Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard as well as other members of the Nabis and Post-Impressionists, who impress upon the aesthetic foundation of her work. Each composition encourages the viewer to piece together the conscious and subconscious and to explore the real and the ethereal. Intricately carved surfaces contrast the intense use of light and color, offering distinct entry points to interpret or translate forms. As a result the narrative structures in Lauter’s work are often grand and universal, yet also deeply personal.

The exhibition is on view through June 23, 2018 at Blum & Poe, 2727 S. LA Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/blum-and-poe/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.             

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