Laband Art Gallery

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA



The Part to the Whole


Loyola Marymount University's Laband Art Gallery will present The Part to the Whole, six Southern California artists whose visual strategies are concerned with geometric segmenting, repeated shapes and forms, integrated components and the division of of the picture plane, The exhibit opens Jan. 14, 2000 and continuer through Feb. 19, 2000. A reception for the artists and curator will take place on Jan. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The conceptual basis uniting the artists in The Part to the Whole is a shared interest in wholeness or gestalt, along with the visual tension in a composition that is created by an arrangement of cohering formal devices which coexists with isolated, fragmented and even destabilizing components. (left: Nancy Monk, Untitled, 1997, mixed media, photo, acrylic, 8 x 10 inches)

The artists in The Part to the Whole include sculptor Steve DeGroodt, painter Joan Kahn, mixed media artist Nancy Monk, calligraphic draughts-person Carolie Parker-Lopez, photographer Laura Parker, and painter/assemblagist Danny Shain. Monk and Parker are commercially represented in Southern California by the Craig Krull Gallery, Shain by Skidmore Contemporary Art and the Sandroni Rey Gallery. DeGroodt is represented by the Jenn Joy Gallery in San Francisco.

The exhibition is curated by Christopher Miles, a free-lance curator of contemporary art projects and critic for Artforum and Artweek. He also wrote the catalogue essay accompanying The Part to the Whole. "In making the selections for this exhibition, I was looking for work where the whole and the parts were truly as great as one another, not simply the old idea of the whole being greater than the sum of its subordinate parts," says Miles. (right: Laura Parker, Signature of Parts, 1999, Ektacolor photography panels, 18 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches)

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