Alexander Couwenberg: Tussenruimte
September 10 - October 15, 2005
Reception:  Saturday, September 10, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Ruth Bachofner Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue #G2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-829-3300, fax 310-449-1170
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Gallery hours, Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:30pm

Alexander Couwenberg, "van boven 06", 2005, mylar & acrylic on canvas, 24' x 24".

Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Alexander Couwenberg.

In his fifth solo exhibition at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Alexander Couwenberg depicts his interpretations of cityscape aerial views through a series of abstract paintings. He shows the actual process of his art making by revealing his initial steps of shape configuration and paint application, as well as each of the numerous painterly steps and changes he makes during the process.

Painted Mylar is Couwenberg’s tool of choice; the artist applies various rectangular, hard edged shapes of the material onto canvas to convey the aerial view conceptually. The artist notes that the Mylar’s "surface extremely smooth and conducive to the painting process. When the paint is pulled across this surface, the slick field of Mylar allows it to skip and slide in a manner that reveals the texture and paint underneath, leaving behind certain marks that are consistent with the natural surface of land."

A grid installation in the exhibition unites numerous works as one. The pieces are created individually, with their own flow and composition, just as buildings within a cityscape are developed singularly (usually) and of a particular architectural style. Many of the paintings have elements similar to that of its neighbor, and random color, shape and line connections create an energetic whole. Works with no apparent similarities create tension within the group, yet remain equally integral to the success of the whole.

Couwenberg’s new work has an off-balanced energy that initially surprises the viewer, yet, in time, anticipation gives way to understanding, and the ease of familiarity gives way to contentment. As the artist knowingly states, "Its similar to the experience of reading a map when lost and then the surprise of suddenly knowing where you are going."

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