Richard Heller Gallery is proud to present, The Hand of the Slumber Man, the first solo exhibition at the gallery for Los Angeles based artist, Luke Whitlatch. The Hand of the Slumber Man is a suite of paintings and drawings that evoke the static experiences and moments in time that create myths and legends. These works are about what you thought you saw and how non-visual senses can be reinvented through abstraction. Color, surface and compositional elements act as placeholders for sensory information. The memory of an event is never completely rooted in the visual. The visual memory of an event can change over time as tales of this event are passed on. In the retelling of stories, exaggeration and embellishment can lead to a completely different interpretation of the event. In using abstract imagery, Whitlatch creates a foundation for interpretation and reassessment. These works originate from specific events in the artist's past, however, after they are completed, they take on a lineage of their own. An infinite narrative is created from a static image. The paintings then become nuanced by the experiences of the viewer, creating another layer of myths and legends.
Luke Whitlatch was born in Casper, Wyoming in 1977. Luke attended the University of Wyoming for two years and then moved to Los Angeles, California where he attended Otis College of Art and Design. He graduated with a BFA in June of 2001. Luke has since maintained a vigilant studio practice while exhibiting in California and New York.
Luke Whitlatch, The Hand of the Slumber Man
January 12 – February 16, 2013
Opening reception: January 12, 2012 4 – 6 pm
RICHARD HELLER GALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave. B-5A
Santa Monica, CA 90404