Preview: Charlie Roberts "K.I.D.S." @ Richard Heller Gallery, Los AngelesJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014
Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles are pleased to present Charlie Roberts' sixth solo exhibition in the gallery: "K.I.D.S." For this exhibition Charlie will present new paintings and works on paper. Featured in the May 2013 issue of Juxtapoz, Charlie Roberts' work takes us into the mind-stream of a manic, obsessive and eclectic collector of contemporary pop culture and art history. Everything is sampled and laid our without hierarchical order and judgements. Roberts uses a wide range of materials and masters a furious force as well as a sensitive subtleness. Abstract patterns, flowing colors and a primitive brutality alongside tender lines, seductive realism and psychedelic poetry. The new works have a more restrained and focused tone, both in content and execution.
“…. these paintings construct a self-contained (if not self-consistent) imaginary world that comes to an end at the edges of the canvas: a world of bright colors and insouciantly coiled lines describing schematic, ornamental bodies without depth. (…) it is committed to pure play without consequence in the world off the field (off the canvas). And that’s refreshing at a time when most art strain so mightily (and often so vainly) for significance – when it is always supposed to be interrogating something or at least establishing its own radicality…”— From Barry Schwabsky’s review of the exhibition Sporty Girls at David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen. Artforum, October 2013.
Charlie Roberts, b.1983 in Kansas, USA. Lives and works in Olso, Norway. Selected solo exhibitions: Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York (2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006), David Risley Gallery, Köpenhamn (2013), Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, USA (2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006), Kunsthal KAdE, Amsterfoort, Holland (2010), Rice Gallery, Texas, USA (2008), Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam, Holland (2012, 2008, 2007), Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm (2013, 2008, 2007).