Paintings by Rui Pedro JorgeJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012
You know when you look at David Hockney's A Bigger Splash and you get that pure joy of flat color framed into a crisp and sharpened representational picture? While maybe not entirely similar in style, it seems that Rui Pedro Jorge has taken his own flattened approach to a different type of subject. Instead of the clean lines of mid-century Los Angeles, we see fragments of brightly colored wood, real palm trees (not the plastic, Southern California kind), and detritus of an area that does not thrive from the economic success that Beverly Hills might revel in. His palm trees are realistic, but simplified and structures balance between bright abstractions and pictorial spaces, yielding a puzzling picture that asks you to pause and then explore.