Rational Exuberance

October 17 – November 30, 2014

Los Ojos is proud to present Rational Exuberance, our inaugural exhibition of new painting and sculpture by Andrew Bearnot, Doron Langberg, Emmy Thelander, and Andy Wilhelm.

The show is a group survey of work that exhibits traits of optimism, thoughtfulness, energy, and clarity. An underlying theme of abstraction unites the works, though not necessarily in the visual sense—conceptual and emotional abstraction are also at play.

Andrew Bearnot’s sculpture evinces an adept hand and a conceptual clarity. Primarily working in glass, his work teems with structural subtleties. Colorful gradations, gently morphing shapes, and visual challenges abound. Bearnot’s work with acrobatic rope evokes the organic and primal while maintaining a beautiful harmony between color and material. He received dual degrees from RISD and Brown and lives and works in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Doron Langberg’s work moves seamlessly between figuration and abstraction. His large scale oil paintings are evocative of intimate domestic scenes, at times including contemplative and eroticized men and at others vacant spaces where human activity is inferred but not explicit. Langberg received his MFA from Yale and lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens.

Emmy Thelander is an artist of many media ranging from painting to sculpture, drawing and video. Her work is at times conceptually abstract and at others aesthetically celebratory. Her paintings display an ease and experimentation with the medium itself and with varying subject matter. Thelander’s sculpture includes combinations of found objects altered with the artist’s colorful palette. She received her MFA from Yale and currently lives and works in Richmond, VA.

Andy Wilhelm sculpts organic and mathematical forms in a range of materials including wood, bronze and plaster. A good portion of his work, though, is cast in synthetic material similar to PVC. These abstract pieces twist and turn around their component parts, bringing to mind rhythmic, technicolor flora or fauna. Although structurally stable, they burst with kinetic energy. Wilhelm recieved his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.