Lenz Geerk “Arrival” at ROBERTS PROJECTS, Los Angeles


Lenz Geerk’s third solo clearly show with the gallery is a deeply psychological exploration of the complexity of drive. Simmering tension permeates every operate. Illicit interactions unfold on borrowed time versus the sunshine- drenched gentle of summertime. Geerk explores the shifts from attachment to separation, involving closeness and distance, and fuses perception with touch, by suggesting an edge that is loath to expose by itself absolutely. We wonder about, then dilemma, what each and every romance implies. The exhibition is like encountering a dreamy, gorgeous, unsettling coming-of-age tale, not unlike Luca Guadignino’s Contact Me By Your Title (2017), Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight (2016) or Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color (2013), set against the lush backdrop of Godard’s noirish Pierrot le Fou (1965).
The use of the beach front conveys a ongoing working experience of area, by means of the implementation of a nearly- abstracted compositional arrangement, and explores associations concerning artist, matter, and viewer. This significant motif is vital to being familiar with Geerk&#8217s new work. Unlike the paintings in The Desk Portraits (2018) and Combined Blessings (2019), his initially two solo reveals with the gallery, which emphasized sensuous curves and rippling kinds, the performs on watch are notable for their potent architectural compositions. Collectively, Seashore Couples 1-6 kind an obvious grouping: identical in scale, with a interesting blue-gray palette, they all exhibit a pictoral area neatly divided into parallel strains of beach, sea, and sky. Visible depth is realized by the diagonal positions of his topics, whose branching, overlapping types insert emotion and complexity to the rigid framework of every single painting. This exploration of line and variety is further ongoing in outsized paintings of postcards. As to his topics, Geerk will take license with his fictional characters, setting them within imagined scenes of his individual generating. There is practically nothing self-consciously aspirational about them. They aren’t from wherever particular. They just are. It invites us, as viewers, to speculate wildly. On celebration he alludes to art historical references nevertheless he doesn’t represent the actual reference itself, just his eyesight of it. Falcon (2022) embodies the spirit of Eugène Delacroix&#8217s La Liberté guidant le peuple (1830) even though retaining the awesome detachment of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye&#8217s The At any time Exacting (2018). Hotel II (2022) hints at Édouard Manet’s La Lecture (1865), devoid of the cloying sweetness, when Moon Few (2022) echoes the waves of Utagawa Hiroshige’s Six Jewel Rivers from Several Provinces (1857). Geerk’s do the job stylistically mirrors the sensibility of Baroque Old Masters—Artemesia Gentileschi&#8217s expressive portraits arrive to mind—but manages to showcase a system that is recognizably his possess. Twin themes of intimacy and estrangement are reoccurring themes in Geerk’s body of operate. His paintings are full of very long pauses, and quiet times, which conceal the psychological turmoil illustrated within just. The liberal use of nudity is not inherently sexy, fairly, it&#8217s a sexiness by proxy, a psychological video game of hide and seek exactly where all participants completely take pleasure in the practical experience. Just about every character, every single participant, every portray offers us various sights of their, and our, experience.

at ROBERTS Jobs, Los Angeles
right until July 30, 2022


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