Margie Livingston – Paint Objects

“Paint Objects,” the first solo show in Los Angeles from Margie Livingston is on now and runs through the end of February at Luis De Jesus.

Margie Livingston - Small Folded Painting in Yellow, Green, and Neutral Red - 2010
Margie Livingston, Small Folded Painting in Yellow, Green, and Neutral Red, acrylic, 2010.

Over the past three years, Margie Livingston has been experimenting with paint in a radically different manner from her earlier work. She has removed the surface of the painting in an effort to concentrate on the sculptural qualities of drying paint.

Margie Livingston - 146 Fluid Black and White Layers in a Grid - 2010
Margie Livingston, 146 Fluid Black and White Layers in a Grid, acrylic, 2010.

These groundless paintings are often accomplished by pouring several gallons of acrylic paint on the studio floor and allowing the sheets to dry to a pliable new material. The sheets are rolled, cut and otherwise contorted into a variety of shapes that rely on precision to complete the forms with chance often factoring the juxtaposition of color.

Most painters maintain a waste area for unused paint, often in the shape of colorful mounds. These long term, arbitrary asides are rarely exhibited. Livingston counts on mistakes as a central theme driving the experimental nature of these new sculptures. The finished pieces exhibit a polish that solidifies their physical presence outside of the experimentation of the studio. Leaving the canvas behind is a big step, it should be interesting to see where this reckless behavior leads.

Margie Livingston - Study for Spiral Block #5 - 2010
Margie Livingston, Study for Spiral Block #5, acrylic, 2010.

Margie Livingston
Paint Objects
22 January – 27 February 2011
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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