Ken Price, renowned for his isomorphic ceramic sculptures which give the appearance of oozing plasma, has taken a break from blob-making in his latest show.

His Works on Paper exhibit is a rare foray for Price away from sculpture and into the realm of watercolor painting. The exhibit opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, October 14th, at the L.A. Louver Gallery, 45 Venice Blvd., Venice. Admission is free.

The works remain on display at the gallery until Saturday, November 12th.

The show consists of about 35 watercolors, some of which depict Price’s signature, sculpted blobs on the side of mountains or in various situations. Some of his sculpted images are referenced in the paintings in the form of spewing volcanic lava, craters and land masses.

In the latest exhibit, Price explores three subjects — volcanoes, trailer parks and land fissures.

“The world Price creates is cartoon-like, a world that is rendered simply, joyfully and humorously, according to L.A. Louver.

Some of Price’s images allude to classical Asian art. In particular, some resemble 19th century Japanese woodblock prints, with their dramatic stylization and clearly defined contours.

Following his graduation with an art degree from the University of Southern California in 1956, Price studied with the influential clay master Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (now Otis College of Art + Design).

Price first exhibited at the legendary Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1960, and has since garnered the interest of numerous public and private galleries and museums.

Public galleries Price’s work is shown in include the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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