FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TONY DELAP
April 5 - 26, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6 – 9pm



326 North Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Contact: Peter Blake
(949) 376-9994, fax (949) 376-3471
Email: peterblakegallery@mac.com
Website: http://www.peterblakegallery.com
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 11am – 4pm; Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm


(Left) Tony Delap, “Fadeaway”, 2007, Aluminum, Precision Board and Acrylic Paint, 27 x 31 x 2.75 inches.
(Right) Tony Delap, “Whodeanee”, 1997-2002, Aluminum, Precision Board and Acrylic Paint, 36 x 36 x 4 inches.

Peter Blake Gallery is proud to announce an exhibit of recent work by California artist Tony DeLap.
 
Over the course of a career spanning the past four decades, Tony DeLap has thoughtfully explored the possibilities of minimalist art practice in his own unique sensibility.  His work treads the line between painting and sculpture, presenting deceptively simple, often monochromatic surfaces curving against the surface of the wall.  A sophisticated colorist, each of DeLap’s pieces teases the eye with its simplicity.
 
DeLap’s shaped objects cast shadows that shift with the shifting perspective of the viewer, creating a spare and meditative aesthetic experience.  These surfaces and shadows are the result of DeLap’s detailed construction of each piece.  
 
With titles such as The Missing Card and The Real Secret, DeLap’s work suggests the possibility of illusion, that what one sees may perhaps be more than what is really there; ironically, DeLap’s work also seems to suggest that what one sees is precisely what is there, nothing more or less.  It is the irony and mock-playfulness of DeLap’s work, among other things, that sets it apart from his contemporaries’.
 
DeLap’s work has been exhibited in such prestigious institutions as the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Whitney Museum (NYC), the Jewish Museum (NYC), the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC), the Tate Gallery (London, England), the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  A major figure in the Southern California art scene, he was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Orange County Museum of Art in 2000.




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