Los Angeles's George Billis Gallery is putting on two simultaneous solo exhibitions through most of September and October, featuring paintings by Terry Thompson and Alex Blas.
From Blas's personal statement: "Privacy and personal space are central themes in the works of painter Alex Blas. His most recent series 'Housesitter' is inspired by the artist's real experience with a housesitter who, under the guise of trust, began using Blas’ home in his own self-interest. Toned by deep shadows and bathed in the reflected light of Southern California, the paintings turn the tables like a hidden camera, spying on the housesitter and finding him in moments of indiscretion and gratification. Here the gaze of the subject, his focus, his hands, his pose, are the details that expose his hesitance, and possibly even recognition, that he's breaking the rules. The artist's ability to transpose the perspective to a fly-on-the-wall witness, in such delicate and provocative detail, immortalize the discovery of online photos that inspired the series like uncomfortable, sensual truths frozen in time."
From Thompson's personal statement: "In Thompson's oil paintings of neon signage, he renders wires, rivets and other minutia because of his appreciation for how these hand-made signs are built. This may be a result of the many years he spent as an equipment engineer in Silicon Valley prior to earning his MFA at San Jose State University. Terry is primarily drawn to older, unique signs that have somehow avoided the wrecking ball. Thompson says, I see these signs as historically and emotionally charged metaphors for beating the odds. When I render rust, faded paint or broken neon, I'm imbuing my paintings with a sense of humanity and history. Text is prominent in most of Thompson's paintings and he often amplifies its ambiguity by aggressively cropping. This results in disjointed text and words that confront the viewer, begging to be read or deciphered."
George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034