July 23, 2007

iona rozeal brown and Clare Woods in Los Angeles

In LA Times' "Around the Galleries' column Holly Myers recommends Brown at Sandroni Rey Gallery and Clare Woods at Karyn Lovegrove Gallery: "The painter iona rozeal brown has been circling the same relatively narrow territory since completing her graduate degree at Yale five years ago: the unlikely — or at least counterintuitive — intersection of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints (traditionally produced between the 17th and 20th centuries) and contemporary American hip-hop culture. It is the sort of niche that could confine an artist as easily as distinguish her. But Brown hasn't yet reached that point, judging from her third solo show at Sandroni Rey....The paintings in London-based artist Clare Woods' second solo show at the Karyn Lovegrove Gallery are landscapes on the verge of disintegration, viewed not from the comfortable distance of a vista but from about the level of a foxhole. In the foreground, one discerns the post of a fence, perhaps, a mangled gate or the suggestion of grasses and leaves. Behind this, pictorial chaos reigns" Read more. iona rozeal brown, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, CA. Through Aug. 11. Clare Woods, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Through July 28.