Richard Colman, “Long Distance”
March 25 – April 22, 2006
Opening Reception : Saturday, March 25, 8 - 11 pm

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036
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Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present Long Distance, the latest exhibition of paintings by Richard Colman. The exhibition bridges the gap between two disparaging personal mythologies by using linear narrative and nuance to connect the past to the present.

Intricately painted shrines sit atop richly dressed women who contain within the bubbles of their gowns, complex interactions between man and beast. These sanctuaries serve as place of reprieve where candles burn brightly, dials turn slowly, and beams of rainbow luminesce from magnificently draped dioramas. Her suitor, an equally tailored Gentleman, has similarly ballooned out trousers that become encapsulated spheres in which intimate dramas unfold --  mirrored men pull at coffins while haloed bears contemplate the exchange. Hanging throughout the erroneous scenes are brightly painted porcelain bells that dangle delicately on a single of wire, reinforcing the idea of stasis through classical linear control.

Through metaphor and detail, Long Distance is a continuation of Colman’s visual dialogue about relationship, and the contemplation of virtue in the realm of the unreal.

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