Wormwood, an exhibition of new works by Enrique Mart’nez Celaya including three sculptures, a series of works on paper, and one new painting, will be presented at L.A. Louver in Venice beginning Thursday, June 2 through July 9.
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. June 2 at L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice.
The imagery in Wormwood exemplifies Mart’nez Celaya’s continued exploration of the relationship between human endeavors and their environment, a gallery spokesperson says.
“If there is a theme to the recent body of work it is the theme of a reality hidden behind the distractive reality that concerns us day to day,” the artist said. “I have set out to explore an order under the world we see. That is, to see if I can map the world into something more reliable.”
The Gambler is the largest sculpture in the exhibition. Cast in bronze, the life-size work depicts a boy on crutches carrying a small house on his shoulders, which is held in place by a strap that encircles his neck. The image of the boy appears throughout the works on paper, which are made in watercolor and crayon, and with spare use of color.
The sole painting in the exhibition, Flower with Bees, is created in oil and wax, with a rich layering of transparent pigment for which the artist is renowned.
The current exhibition follows a productive number of years for the artist and is the first American exhibition since his installation of four paintings at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
Concurrently on view in L.A. Louver’s south gallery is Immensities and Infinities: Further Specimens from the Flowerbank World, featuring new paintings by Tom Wudl in oil, pencil, gold and silver leaf on vellum.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Information, (310) 822-4955, or www.lalouver.com.