Von Lintel Gallery | Los Angeles

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Kysa Johnson. This is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery and her first in the city of Los Angeles.

Kysa Johnson’s artistic practice is grounded in the language of microscopic systems to describe the phenomena of our reality. The Long Goodbye is an ongoing series of notable sky objects like the Sagittarius Star Cloud and the Orion Nebula represented by subatomic decay patterns - or scientific play-by-plays of unstable particles morphing into stable ones. Johnson coopts these patters as mark-making vehicles. Thus, the life cycles of minuscule particles express the life cycles of astronomical landscapes measuring light years across. By interweaving extremities of scale into single compositions, Johnson underscores transformation as a universal thematic.

A group of paintings from The Long Goodbye serve as a primer for a site-specie installation centered around gold as a material, foundation of economic systems: and a catalyst both for exploration and for exploitation. It is theorized gold is created through the collision of neutron stars and delivered to Earth via asteroid impacts. A 24-foot chalkboard drawing illustrates gold’s galactic origins and supports a suite of glossed panels and a pyramid of gold bars exploring neutron stars; appropriately borne of an explosion and collapse.

“Concerned with the extremities of perception-the telescopic and, especially, the microscopic - Kysa Johnson’s appealing brand of conceptual painting and drawing evokes the structural poetry at the very base of things.“
—Jeffrey Kastner, Artforum

Kysa Johnson was born in Illinois in 1974 and received a BFA in Painting from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Solo exhibitions at public institutions include The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Roebling Hall Gallery, New York, NY; National Academy of Science, Washington DC; and The Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY. Johnson has created site-specific installations for Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton; and Dublin Contemporary, Ireland. She is an NYFA Fellow and a Pollock-Krasner Grant recipient.

The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present unique photographs by German artist Joachim Schulz. The exhibition marks the artist’s first with the gallery.

Joachim Schulz adventures in the cosmos of photography. Prior bodies of work experiment with the camera and print as self-reflexive materials. Through celebrating the mysteries and aberrations within photographic methodologies, Schulz liquifies and foregrounds the transitive relationship between object and image.

The series on view: Blumenstilleben—or, flower still lifes—uses photography to dissolve and rearrange the visual information within a painting. Schulz makes a copy of a 300-year-old Dutch still life (via a scan, download or direct photograph) and prints the image with a modern inkjet printer. However, the artist purposefully malfunctions the printer nozzles and haywires the settings, causing a flood of ink to abstract the forms. The CMYK colors swirl on paper ill-suited for inkjet prints, preventing the ink from drying until Schulz decides to stop and fix the composition using a technique he developed based on traditional darkroom practices. The pools of ink mingle like oil on canvas; disguising photography as the intermediary between two painterly works. The printing process is repeated nine times per image; exploring the possible expressions and anomalies of a singular mechanical system.

Joachim Schulz was born in 1969 and holds a degree in art from The Art Academy of Münster. Group exhibitions include: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Westfälisches Landesmuseum Münster, Germany; Stadtmuseum Münster, Germany; and Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey. His work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC and Provinzial Kunstsammlung, Kiel, Germany.

The artist lives and works in Berlin.

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